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Movie City | Los Angeles

Posted April 16, 2010 to photo album "Movie City | Los Angeles"

Los Angeles may be the entertainment capital of the world, but it’s also entertaining all by itself.

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Los Angeles | City of History

Los Angeles | City of History

Since its official founding in 1781 by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve, Los Angeles has grown in sudden spurts. The first big rush came after 1876, when the various railroad lines made Los Angeles a destination city. Then the discovery of oil in 1892 brought a new wave of immigration. (By 1923, Los Angeles produced nearly a quarter of the world’s petroleum supply.) But perhaps the city’s most significant event came when Selig Polyscope founded a film studio in 1909. Soon everyone was rushing west to make movies. In 1911, the establishment of Christie-Nestor Studio at Sunset and Gower in the city of Hollywood turned that dusty backwater town’s name into brand for all things glamorous. This ideal found its physical manifestation in 1923, when a sign for “Hollywoodland,” a fancy new housing development, was erected on the side of Mount Lee. In “Interview: Los Angeles Plays Itself's Thom Andersen,” the documentary filmmaker outlines the difference between the symbolic and the real cities of LA and Hollywood.