Of all the famous streets in Los Angeles, few have as much historical connotations as Hollywood Blvd. Initially named Prospect Avenue in 1887, the boulevard was re-christened in 1910 after the then town of Hollywood was annexed to the City of Los Angeles. Over the last Century, Hollywood Blvd. has seen numerous changes, but has always been witness to many of Hollywood's most glamorous moments.
Hollywood Blvd. for History, Celebrity and Shopping
Starting in 1960, Hollywood Blvd. became home to the Walk of Fame. The idea was to designate an area where the city could pay tribute to memorable figures in the entertainment industry. Today, the Walk of Fame continues to attract countless tourists who walk up and down the boulevard looking for the names of our favorite entertainers. In fact, the number of stars on display is so great that we actually continue on adjoining neighborhood streets such as Vine.
The Oscars are a pivotal moment in the film industry's event calendar and Hollywood Blvd. has been there since the beginning. The first Academy Awards in 1929 took place at the Roosevelt Hotel, which is located on the boulevard. Although the event was moved to a number of different locations throughout the years, it finally found a permanent home in 2002 at the Kodak Theater, which is across the street from where the Roosevelt still stands.
Hollywood Blvd. is also host to numerous film premieres, as it is the home of the famed Grauman's Chinese Theater. The recently built Hollywood and Highland complex also offers a variety of shops, restaurants and an incredible view of the Hollywood sign that tourists can't get enough of. For more information on how you can discover all that Hollywood Blvd. has to offer, we urge you to contact Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours. With over 10 years experience, we truly offer the best tours of the city. Reservations are possible via our website or by phone at 1-800-870-1886.