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History of Hollywood

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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:

Associated topics:

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.

  • Part 1 — covers the Silent and Golden Ages.
  • Part 2 — covers the Fall of the Studio System.
  • Part 3 — covers New Hollywood and the beginning of the Blockbuster Age.
  • Supplemental video — covers the Hays Code.