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Hollywood Boulevard

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Modern Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard Aerial View

The view east down Hollywood Boulevard from Hollywood & Highland to Hollywood & Vine, seen from Airship Ventures Hollywood Studios Zeppelin Air Tour, Los Angeles, CA

Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Incorporating the historic ITC/Grauman's Chinese Theatre (operated my Mann's) on its southwest corner, Hollywood & Highland Center added the Dolby Theatre, (formerly the Kodak Theatre), the permanent home of the Academy Awards, and a mix of retail, dining and entertainment venues around the central Babylon Courtyard, modeled after the ancient Babylon set from D.W. Griffith's 1916 epic "Intolerance." Hollywood & Highland also includes the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

Most of the attractions on Hollywood Boulevard are near the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, with nightclubs and restaurants scattered loosely down the street to another cluster at Hollywood and Vine. In 2009, the W Hotel opened at Hollywood and Vine across from the 1930 Pantages Theatre, bringing a new nightclub and restaurant to join the longstanding Avalon nightclub in the Palace Theatre Building and other revolving-name clubs in the area. Also visible from the intersection of Hollywood & Vine is the iconic Capitol Records Building, just north on Vine Street.

East, beyond where the Walk of Fame ends at Gower, Hollywood Boulevard passes through Thai Town and Little Armenia, both home to some great budget ethnic food.

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