Hollywood – From Its Very Beginning to What It is Today


On January 22, 1947, the first commercial TV station west of the Mississippi River, KTLA, began operating in Hollywood. In December of that year, the first Hollywood movie production was made for TV, The Public Prosecutor. In addition, in the 1950s, the opening of two major motion pictures, Eastwood and Sleepless in Seattle , helped turn Hollywood into the entertainment capital of the world.

The 1950s strongly influenced the popular culture in the 1950s, and greatly promoted the careers of such Hollywood stars as Mary Pickford, Dirk Gently and Robert Morley. However, the beginning of the 1960s, with the release of such classics as Dr. Strangelove and Grease ,things really started to change. The Beatles ‘ landmark success ‘ of Helping matters, and Roomyaddy helped the thriving motion picture business at that time. However, the success of commercial motion pictures had its beginnings much earlier than that. In fact, for example, Avalon Searchlights (1926), King Kong (1930), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (1931), King Kong (1933), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1935) all originated in or were filmed in Hollywood.

The 1960s

Although the mid-60s were rocky, with many artists and musicians choosing to continue producing and selling art and music, Hollywood’s entertainment industry continued to thrive. The popularity of TV series and movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood (the mid-19th century) helped renew interest and demand for the old style vaudeville and classical ballet. ThePicasso Museum in Malibu, conversely, is now one of the world’s finest museums housing the works of one of the world’s most famous Picassos ever created.

The 70s

The 70s represented another big jump in the popularity of Hollywood movies. The year of 1971 was a particularly famous year for Hollywood as the release of the much-storied film, The Sound of Music. Although the movie itself wasn’t for children (it’s very adult in its content), its impact was monumental. The movie’s success not only helped launched the careers of such movie stars as Brigitte Bardot and disco legend Van Morrison, but it also ushered in a new generation of artists and actresses to branch out into other areas of popular culture.

The 1980s

The 1980s were an interesting time to be in Hollywood. The golden age of Hollywood had come to an end, but its influence and influence extended well beyond the Hollywood system. The Apollo Theatre in Hollywood, opened in the late 1940s, was one of the first great majority-white-owned Hollywood theaters, and as such, it was often used as a venue for major movie premieres. It was also the first major Hollywood movie to be filmed in California, after which it became a also-ranbow location.

The 1990s

The 1990s were the beginning of the new millennium, and although the series of movies based on Jaws,lingeriella, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and nearly everyones favorite scifi movie, were produced in the 90s,termed as ” Millennium movies.” Although the majority of movies coming to theaters in the 1990s were set in the near future, the filmography on television was far less innovative than in the 80s, and there was not as much use of computer-aided photography and special effects.

The aughty 20s

The early 90s would see films likeGetaway, with Cary Grant and Richard Gere, and nightclub classic, Boys, just to name a few. This was the time of Sleepy Kittens, Mork & Mindy, and a host of other forgettable shows. If you can get past the low budget and performances not up to par, at least you had great lines and performances.

The 00s

The 00s found most of Hollywood in a state of suspension, watching the likes of Wayne Newton, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz and Jet Li, and then, of course, British sensations like Monty Python’s Life in Azkaban, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. There were a lot of great movies coming out that weren’t necessarily made for the masses, but that didn’t stop the classic 1950s Shows from still being made (Life is Beautiful with Julia Roberts and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Moulin Rouge).

From soap to thrillers, TV to big budget Hollywood, the 00s had a whole variety of movies to please almost any movie lover. Even if you couldn’t afford to watch An Affair to the end of the year, there were a host of new movies coming to the U.S. every season.