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Survey Project by Melissa Lewis



26°N, 80°09‘W (Hollywood, California) has changed dramatically since the Gabrielino Indians settled on the western land in the 1800’s; it has progressed from fields of oranges, lemons, and figs into a town of movies, gossip, and hopeful young thespians.

general timeline
General Timeline

Of Hollywood

1880’s-Harvey Henderson Wilcox (a real estate man from Kansas)and his wife Daeida moved to Los Angeles. In 1886 Wilcox bought 160 acres of the country, west of the city.

February 1st, 1887-Harvey Wilcox drew a grid map for the new town and filed it with the county recorder’s office, the first official name of Hollywood

1853-one adobe hut standing

1902- First section of The Hollywood Hotel is opened by HJ Whitley.


First motion picture created

1886- the name Hollywood was created by the father of Hollywood, Hobart Johnstone Whitley, and his wife Gigi. It was created when they were overlooking the valley, now known as Whitley Heights.

By 1900 Hollywood has a post office, a newspaper, a hotel, and two markets. The population was about 500 people.

1910- struggle to secure an ongoing water supply; made decision to be annexed into Los Angeles.

-Prospect Avenue became Hollywood BLVD.

1870-an agricultural community flourished

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General Timeline

Of Hollywood contd.

May 16, 1929: First Academy Awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Tickets were $10 and there were about 250 people there.

May 11 1927: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. (dedicated to making advances in

1910: First movie ever filmed in Hollywood. It was called In Old California

1914: The first full length movie came out, Squaw Man. It was filmed in a barn on Hollywood and Vine.

1930- The Motion Picture Production code was put into place

1949: The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce takes over the Hollywood sign, removing land and repairing the letters.

  • 1911: The first motion picture studio in Hollywood, Nestor Film Company. This was on the corner of Sunset Blvd.
  • About 15 other independent movie makers came to Hollywood.

1917: Chaplin Studios created just south of sunset

1923: The Hollywood sign is put up , at first reading “Hollywoodland”. It was originally an advertisement for the Hollywood Hills housing.

the golden age of hollywood
The Golden Age of Hollywood
  • The 1930’s and most of the 1940’s came to be known as the Golden age of Hollywood.
  • The 30’s was a time of sound and color revolutions and the advance of the “talkies”
    • The silent era of films ended, most of the thespians did not transfer into movies with sound either.
  • By 1933 the economic depression was being felt in the film industry, a decrease of attendance in movie theatres.

Movies of 1930’s and 40’s

-Hell’s Angels (1930) -Gone with the Wind (1939)

-Anna Christie (1930) -Snow White and the 7 Dwarves (1937)

-Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) ^First feature length animation film

-The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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General Timeline

Of Hollywood contd.

1956- The Capitol Record building is built on Vine Street

1960- First star is placed on the walk of fame, Joanne Woodward.

1958- Hollywood Walk of Fame is Created.

2001- Kodak Theatre opens on Hollywood BLVD.


MARY PICKFORD accepted her Best Actress award for COQUETTE, her first talking picture role. This was at the 2nd academy awards.

The Oscars

The Beginning


The Oscars


2007 Academy Awards

primary sources
Primary Sources

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1952)

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.

- Fred Allen (1894-1956) a radio show host

“Hollywood is a town that has to be seen to be disbelieved”

-Gossip Columnist Walter Winchell


Works Cited

Foner, Eric, and John A. Garrety. “Movies.” SIRS Researcher. 1 Dec. 1991. ProQuest. LCHS Lib., Lake Villa, IL. 26 May 2009 <>.

Historic Resources Group. “A Short History of Hollywood.” HistoricLA. Historic Resources Group. 26 May 2009 <‌hollywood/‌hollywood.html>.

Lord, Rosemary. Hollywood Then and now. San Diego: PRC Publishing Limited, 2003.