Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Universal City Overlook
The Entertainment Capital
In 1912, Carl Laemmle bought a 230-acre chicken ranch and started Universal Studios. He kept the chickens just in case the movie business failed. He could not foresee that Los Angeles would become the world's capital of the entertainment industry.
Past / Present
The first movie companies come to California. Within 10 years, 90% of all American films would come from Southern California.
Universal Studios opens. Visitors pay twenty-five cents to sit in the grandstands to watch movie productions.
NBC makes the first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of the Rose Bowl.
'Talkie" movies come to the "big" screen. Warner Brothers and Walt Disney build studios in Burbank.
Al Jarvis of radio station KFWB becomes the nation's first disc jockey.
NBC and CBS build broadcast facilities in Hollywood. Half of the most popular radio programs in the nation originate from Los Angeles.
KTLA becomes the city's first television station. Within a year, there would be six more stations in the area.
Universal Amphitheatre is built as an outdoor setting for concerts. Later it was roofed and expanded, reflecting the popularity of live performances.
Universal CityWalk, a pedestrian promenade opened outside Universal Studios Hollywood.
March 15, 1915
Universal City celebrates its gala opening. For 25 cents the public is allowed to observe movies in production. It was the only city dedicated to making movies.
Western production site on the backlot of Universal City. These first productions would make the San Fernando Valley the world’s entertainment destination.
Panoramic view of the San Fernando Valley orange groves along Lankershim Blvd. These orange groves became the future site of Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake.
Panoramic view of Universal City and the San Fernando Valley prior to the construction of Universal Studios Hollywood, the Universal Amphitheatre and Universal CityWalk.
Erected by Universal Studios.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 15, 1915.
Location. 34° 7.736′ N, 118° 21.915′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Mulholland Drive 1.3 miles east of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7701 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles CA 90046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lankershim Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kallis House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Studio Theatre at St. Denis Building (approx. ¾ mile away); Campo de Cahuenga (approx. ¾ mile away); Alfred Hitchcock (approx. 0.8 miles away); Roland E. Hill House (approx. one mile away); El Paradiso (approx. 1.1 miles away); El Camino Real Mission Bell (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Additional keywords. Santa Monica Mountains, Chemosphere, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument No. 785
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 13, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.