Nestled in the middle of the Westside of Los Angeles is the
enchanting neighborhood of Westwood Village. The town of Westwood is
a popular shopping and entertainment destination for visitors to Los
as well.The charming area
sits at the entrance of the nationís elite big-city public university,
the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).Affectionately called "The Village" by the locals, this
intriguing area is the host of a hub of activities and is bordered by an
array of California's most noted neighborhoods, giving the small town a
feeling of being lovingly nestled in the center ofdoting
siblings. Going counter-clockwise from the east there is
and Beverly Hills, then Bel-Air to the north, Brentwood to the west,
West Los Angeles to the southwest,
Sawtelle extending from the southwest
to south and Rancho Park to the southeast.
Westwood was developed as a shopping village by the Janss Investment
Company, and opened for business in 1929. Even as other major
developments took place around the area, Westwood retained its image as
a small village. These developments included the 1950s construction of
the San Diego Freeway,which
was routed through the area, along with a number of high-rise buildings
along Wilshire Boulevard.
Many years ago, before the dawn ofthe
movie megaplex, the largest concentration of movie theaters in
any onelocation could be
found in Westwood. Today it remains the top for movie-goers.The most impressive theater is the historical landmark cinema,
Fox Village Theatre, that was built back in 1931. At the Fox Theatre,
visitors become more than just a part of the movie they come to watch.
They become a part of continued history in cinema, as this is one of the
top film premiere theaters in the history of the art. It continues to be
a prime location for major Hollywood premiers.
A visit to the movies is never complete without a stop at one of the
many fun restaurants located in the Village. There are a variety of
restaurants to choose from. From the upscale fine dining to the casual
walk-in and take out snack-type restaurants, there will be much to eat
while you reminisce over the movie you just saw, or while simply taking
a break from your walks. Diddy Riese Cookies, located right in the heart
of Westwood, is easily accessible from the Bruin and Fox Village
Theatres. This is one of the most popular stop-spots where you can get
three cookies for $1, or pick up a yummy ice cream sandwich to savor as
you enjoy your surroundings.
To complete your visit, you can stop by the
Westwood Memorial Park, to pay tribute to some of the movie world's most
famous actors and actresses. This tranquil memorial park is located just
south of Wilshire Blvd, and it is the final resting place for actors and
actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Donna Reed, Natalie Wood, Dean Martin,
Roy Orbison, Burt Lancaster, and many other Hollywood celebrities.