Studio City


Coordinates: 34°08′37″N 118°23′43″W / 34.14357°N 118.39526°W / 34.14357; -118.39526 Studio City is a seven-square-mile district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is bounded roughly by Ethel or Longridge Avenues to the west, Highway 101 or Whipple Street to the north, Lankershim Boulevard to the east and Mulholland Drive to the south.

Studio City earned its name in the 1920s when Mack Sennett moved his studios from a neighborhood known as Edendale (near modern Echo Park) to a property near Colfax Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. His soundstages, Mack Sennett Studios, were later renamed Mascot Pictures Studios, Republic Pictures Studios, MTM Enterprises Studios and today are known as the CBS Radford Studios. Some residents wanted the town to be named Laurelwood, but the Chamber of Commerce pushed for Studio City to please the studios.

Studio City is located in the southeast San Fernando Valley. Highway 101 is the major freeway linking the area to Hollywood and the western valley. Access to other parts of the city is also provided by Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevards. Ventura Boulevard is where the bulk of its commercial activity resides.

The area, like many parts of L.A., has seen a great deal of tear-down building, with large mansionized monoliths replacing the original scope and character single family homes in neighborhoods. Nearby, the historic Sportsmen’s Lodge is also threatened with eventual redevelopment. However, negotiations among the Los Angeles Conservancy, Studio City Neighborhood Council, Studio City Residents Association, and the facility’s owner have led to the suggestion of public review before any planned alterations to this site. Traffic and parking problems have recently worsened, and the construction of parking structures has not made a visible improvement.

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