Hollywood is a famous district in Los Angeles, California, United States situated west-northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a metonym of American cinema.
The first studio in Hollywood was established by the New Jersey–based Centaur Co., which wanted to make westerns in California. By 1911, Los Angeles was second only to New York in motion picture production, and by 1915, the majority of American films were being produced in the Los Angeles area.
Four major film companies – Paramount, Warner Bros., RKO and Columbia – had studios in Hollywood, as did several minor companies and rental studios. Hollywood had begun its dramatic transformation from sleepy suburb to movie production capital.
By 1920, Hollywood had become world-famous as the center of the United States film industry.
This series of videos outlines the early days of Hollywood and the contributions that Jews made in the creation of what we have come to know as the center of American film-making.