NoHo: a cultural mecca
Since the establishment of the NoHo Arts and Entertainment District in 1992, 32 live theaters, dozens of acting, dance, and art studios and galleries, great restaurants, and funky little shops have sprouted within the district, conveniently located near Lankershim and Magnolia Boulevards and the North Hollywood Metrorail Station. Vibrant murals, painted by 72 local artists, energize building exteriors and provide a colorful (and artfully appropriate) backdrop for local businesses dedicated to the performing and visual arts. Designated by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as the citys official arts and theater district, NoHo attracts residents and visitors alike with a lively mix of culturally diverse exhibits, festivals, theater productions, and shopping and dining opportunities.
Presenters of the annual Emmy Awards since 1949, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, formed in 1946 to promote the cultural, educational, and research goals of television, moved into its new international headquarters in North Hollywood in 1991. Today, Academy members and staff oversee the 600-seat, state-of-the-art film and video Academy Plaza Theatre, which hosts screenings and special events for both Academy member and the general public. Outside the Academy, the Hall of Fame Plaza rings a 27-foot golden Emmy statue and showcases sculptures and bas-reliefs created by famed California artists to represent some of the seventy inductees into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
The El Portal Center for the Arts, a Spanish Renaissance Revival building constructed in 1926 and totally restored in the late 1980s, serves as home to Actors Alley theater group and is made up of three separate theaters which stage a range of entertainment, including classic comedies, original dramas, and dance festivals, performed by locally based companies such as Synthesis Performing Arts.
Other dance companies and theater groups offer support for budding artists. One of many, the Millennium Dance Complex, which has taught fancy footwork to the likes of Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Will Smith, also hosts recitals and performances staged by world-renowned dancers.
Universal City is home to Universal Studios, Universal CityWalk, and Universal Studios Hollywood, a theme park located in the heart of the worlds biggest and busiest motion picture and television studio. Kids and grownups alike are drawn into the imaginative world of movie-making at its finest. Rides like "Jurassic Park," "Back to the Future," and "E.T.-the Extraterrestrial," along with tram tours and explosive special-effect exhibits pay tribute to award-winning films from the past while highlighting the best of today and previewing whats on tap for tomorrow.
Formerly a Universal Studios Hollywood stunt stage, the Universal Amphitheatre is the place to be for contemporary music and entertainment. Since 1972, the Amphitheatre has welcomed everyone from the Grateful Dead and Frank Sinatra to the Royal Danish Ballet and Bette Midler.
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