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Studio City received its name as a result of the filming activities of Mack Sennett during the silent film era in the 1920's. Only 12 miles northwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center, it is nestled in the foothills of the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains, a prime location for easy access to employment centers in Hollywood, Downtown, the Valley and Beverly Hills. The Ventura Freeway from Los Angeles and the San Diego Freeway from the coastal cities gives easy access to all of Southern California. Studio City is ideally situated for living, working or relaxing in Southern California.
- Population: 30,833
- Median Age: 38.9
- Median Household Income (2008): $73,358
- Estimated per-capita income (2009): $63,252
- Median house/condo value (2009): $580,566
Points of Interest
Universal Studios Hollywood
A combination movie studio and theme park, Universal Studios is one of the top attractions in the LA area. The park features rides and attractions based on popular films and TV shows as well as the infamous backlot tour of past sets. Outside the general park, City Walk is a favorite of locals looking for a night out; it is an entertainment and retail district that features a state-of-the-art cinema and dozens of popular shops and restaurants.
The original Sportsmen's Lodge opened in the 1880s before the movie business existed and before Studio City had its name. In the first half of the 20th Century, the Sportsmen's Lodge was known for its trout-fishing lake where families came to catch and eat their own dinners, cooked courtesy of the lodge's restaurant. The lodge was frequented by many of the Republic Studios western stars.
In 1945, the property was renamed the Sportsmen's Lodge, and a formal restaurant and cocktail lounge were added. Guests were given rods and bait to catch their fish and make dinner. Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and John Wayne are reported to have taught their kids how to fish at the Lodge's trout ponds. According to one account, the Lodge's trout ponds drew luminaries such as Tallulah Bankhead, Lena Horne, Bette Davis, and Joan Blondell, who baited hooks with liverwurst and drank martinis as waiters served dinner on white tablecloths.
CBS Studio Center
The studio was originally built for Mack Sennett, the producer and director of many films featuring the Keystop Kops, Charlie Chaplan and Fatty Arbuckle. After 5 years, Sennett was forced to sell, and sold the studio to Mascot Pictures. The studio changed hands several more times, becoming Republic Pictures Corporation, Revue Pictures, Universal Pictures and in 1963 becoming televisions CBS Studio Center where Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Gilligan's Island were filmed. Later, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-offs, Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant were filmed at the studio as well. Currently The Studio Center serves as home to CBS's Los Angeles TV station, KCBS and KCAL-TV.
Fryman Canyon Park
Located in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains on the north side of Mulholland Drive, 122-acre Fryman Canyon Park offers spectacular views, a fitness course, and access to the Betty B. Dearing Cross Mountain Trail. The Dearing Trail traverses the park and connects to Wilacre Park, Franklin Canyon, and Coldwater Canyon Park. The park is abundant with native chaparral, year round springs, and deeply wooded canyons. The trail is open to hikers, equestrians, and dogs on leash and under owner's control. No mountain bikes are allowed on the Dearing Trail.
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