The inscription Hollywood appeared on the slope of Mount Lee above the California hills had nothing to do with cinema. So read to know the amazing facts about Hollywood and everything connected with it.
1. The big white letters now famous all over the world appeared on the southern slope of Mount Lee on July 13, 1923. was not Hollywood. But at that time, the inscription read HOLLYWOODLAND and was not a commemorative sign, but an ordinary advertisement for new residential buildings in one of the Los Angeles neighborhoods. Each letter was 9 meters high and 15 meters wide. Initially, it was planned that the advertising inscription would stand for about a year and a half, and then it would be dismantled.
However, the inscription managed to gain such fame that they decided to leave it. But in 1949, the inscription was renewed and the word LAND was removed. And now the height of the letters is 14 m, and the length of the entire inscription reaches 110 m.
2. During the Second World War, in order not to waste precious metals, were made from plaster. After the war, the Oscars were again made from an alloy called British and covered with gold.
3. On November 9, 2001, the famous Dolby Theater, also known as Kodak, opened in Los Angeles. This theater has become a permanent venue for the Oscars. The auditorium of the theater has a capacity of almost 3,400 people, and its stage is one of the largest in the United States.
4. Even in Hollywood. The movies can be seen not only in cinemas. It is shown on huge screens, on special stands, and even in cemeteries. So, since 2002, as part of the Cinespia summer film forum, films have been shown at night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The image is projected directly onto the wall of the mausoleum of Rudolph Valentino. He was one of the most famous actors of the silent film era.
5. In 1978, time brought the famous inscription to a very miserable state. Now instead of “HOLLYWOOD” it looked like “HuLLYWO D”. The inscription was decided to be properly restored, and Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner held an auction of the letters. As a result, each letter got its own sponsor.