The NOHO (North Hollywood) Arts District in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is home to The NOHO (North Hollywood) Arts District. In 1992 business owners and the Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of this district becoming the home to contemporary theaters, art galleries, trendy boutiques, vintage clothing stores, charming restaurants and cafes.
Like its counterpart of SOHO in New York City, the NOHO draws lovers of art and creative geniuses who have taken this lifestyle to heart. As you stroll through the streets you will see actors rehearsing and memorizing lines, you’ll hear the tapping of feet as dancers try out a new dance routine, while the sounds of music fill the air as musicians strum a new lyric.
The centerpiece of the theatre district is the El Portal Theatre, originally it was a vaudeville stage which opened in 1926 and continued operating through the silent movie era. The theatre has maintained its art deco marquee today, housing three live theaters and its own art gallery in the structure.
In the early days of California, North Hollywood was part of the Elizabethian Mission San Fernando Rey de España. The properties were confiscated by the government during the Mexican rule while a group raised the California Bear Flag on June 18, 1846 as a symbol of independence from Mexico. The land was later purchased and managed by the Lankershim family. The family’s intent was to use the property to grow wheat and they succeeded as they became the world’s largest wheat growers.
During the 21st century the community would undergo changes once again as populations emerged sharing their cultures, arts and lifestyles, forming a community which has developed into what today is called the NOHO Art District. The idea was to transform the landscape to a more modern concept while retaining pieces of the past. The community changed from a quiet farming suburb to an active metropolitan center with the introduction of Metro Stations servicing both the Red and Orange lines.
Here's an opportunity to be part of the community for a day and walk into the past as you view the present. Go online and take you pick from:
- THEATRE PARTY - Start at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, enjoy a theatre performance, meet the case and dine.
- LET’S DANCE - If you love to dance this is the tour. A day filled with classes and workshops. Workout in celebrity dance studios. Enjoy lunch with a known choreographer and learn the moves first hand.
- LET'S GO VAN GOGH - Tour the local galleries, meeting renowned artists and become part of the NOHO a creation.