Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California situated west-northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a metonym of American cinema.

Each year millions of people visit Los Angeles to see the footprint of their favorite movie star in front of Chinese Theater in Hollywood. And Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is the spotlight of the world during the annual Academy Awards Ceremonies (Oscar), the most recognized and most respected entertainment event of the world.

Although the city was incorporated in 1903, there were no movie studio until 1911 and it is also the year the first movie in Hollywood was shot. By 1920 Hollywood had become the center of American film industry with four major film companies - Paramount, Warner Bros., RKO and Columbia each having studios in Hollywood. Today however only Paramount still has studio in Hollywood.



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