Many Hollywood studios are nearby such as Paramount Pictures—the longest-running movie studio or Tribune Studios on Sunset Boulevard and The Jim Henson Company on La Brea Avenue.
Tribune Entertainment Studios was formerly home to Warner Bros Pictures.
Built in 1919, “The Jazz Singer” with Al Jolson—the first “talkie” was filmed here in 1927. Warner Bros classics including “Merrie Melodies,” and “Loony Tunes” were filmed here. Tribune Broadcasting now resides in the building with the Greek Revival facade. One of the twenty-six TV stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting—which also owns the Los Angeles Times—is located on the same lot.
KTLA Television—Channel 5 in Los Angeles—was the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi. Bob Hope hosted its inaugural broadcast in 1947. Pioneer of many broadcasting firsts such as live, on-the-spot news coverage, broadcasting from a helicopter and the mobile news van the KTLA studio was owned for many years by Gene Autry the singing cowboy.
Jim Henson Company purchased the historic Charlie Chaplin studio in 2000. A statue above the entrance gate of Kermit the Frog holding a cane and dressed in Chaplin's “Little Tramp” attire plays homage to the silent film star and Hollywood legend.
Charlie Chaplin began construction of the original studio in 1917. It opened the next year. “The Goldrush,” “Modern Times” and other Hollywood classic films were created here.
Several companies have owned the studio and produced TV shows including the “Superman” series, The Red Skelton Show and the Perry Mason series. In 1966 Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' A&M Recording Company and Tijuana Brass Enterprises, Inc. converted the sound stages and Chaplin's swimming pool into a recording studio.
The studio was named a historical cultural monument in 1969.
Hollywood Bowl—with a seating capacity of just under 18,000 is one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world. It is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra who were also the first to play there in July of 1922. In addition to the Philharmonic many world-renowned musicians-from the Beatles to Itzhak Perlman and Beverly Sills have graced the stage.
Other activities including commencement exercises for Hollywood High School and numerous outdoor plays and pageants have utilized the Hollywood Bowl. A production of Julius Caesar in 1926 made use of the entire canyon including troops encamped on the hillside and temples, bridges and aqueducts designed by Lloyd Wright the eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright. Lloyd Wright is also known locally as the architect of Wayfarers Chapel the Swedenborgian church in Palos Verdes.