Universal City, California


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Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 11335 Magnolia Blvd. Suite 2-D North Hollywood  noho.org


Universal City is home to Universal Studios Hollywood. While the multi-million dollar empire of studios, shopping, entertainment and a theme park thrive today, this empire has been over 100 years in the making. When seeds to begin a self contained movie making community were planted in 1915, who would know that a converted chicken ranch would one day become an empire of vast riches with a wealth of companies that included CBS, NBC, Disney, Warner Bros., Universal City, Paramount, Capitol Records and A & M Records. If you haven't heard of them, you assuredly will when you visit Universal City, a community within the City of Los Angeles.  As tourists from around the world hope to get a glimpse of a favorite actor or actress, modern day theme park rides and attractions have done much to foster an image and allure that gets folks to go pay the price of admission to visit Universal Studios. 

 

What's interesting about this phenomenon is that founder Carl Laemmle figured it out over 80 years ago when people reportedly were charged a quarter for a box lunch and bleacher seat to watch his films being made. Today, guests dine on a variety of gourmet foods at restaurants in City Walk, buy stuff from the souvenir gift shops along the promenade and watch shows created specifically to entertain visitors as they ride on trolleys around the huge studios.

 

Carl Laemmle would be proud to visit his studio now, and learn that millions of people are interested in sharing the magic of fantasies created to entertain and sometimes educate. On a clear day, the skies are blue and the air is filled with excitement as thousands of cameras snap away, documenting the Universal experience..  

Many great things have helped keep Universal near the top of the list as a theme park attraction.  Public transportation is made easy via the MTA North Hollywood Subway which will take you from North Hollywood to Universal City and onto Hollywood's Walk of Fame. 

Location is just 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Universal City and the Universal Studios theme park is located of the 101 (Hollywood) Freeway, at Universal Center Drive or Lankershim Blvd exit. 1-800-UNIVERSAL for information.

 

Information for the hours of operation, attractions and details such as wheelchair access, strollers and everything else, visit the official Universal Studios website at  www.universalstudios.com

 

Where to stay:  With over a dozen restaurants at CityWalk, shops, filmings and tours, Universal Studios Hollywood has become one of the top attractions in California. Located next to the theme park are the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City and Sheraton Universal Hotel.   For beach lovers, Santa Monica provides a great choice for lodgings while you are visiting this attraction. 

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This land of dreams and illusions seen in top and bottom left photos and top right. Bottom
 right photo shows the 1938 Los Angeles flood with Universal City buildings on high ground 

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