Information related to the history of the American film industry, colloquially known by the name of the neighborhood most associated with it: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. For information pertaining to the concurrent development of animation, see the History of Animation. Not to be confused with Hollywood History.
Eras of Hollywood:
For those who want to learn about the subject from a snarky New Englander, Bob Chipman has done a four-part "Hollywood History 101" special for his web series The Big Picture.