Sunset Boulevard also known as West Sunset Boulevard , located in Los Angeles, California, is a famous street that stretches from Figueroa Street to the Pacific Coast Highway . The street is an icon of Hollywood celebrity .
The famous Sunset Boulevard is approximately 24 miles (39 km) in length passing through or near Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades. You can see just about everything there is to see, on Sunset Blvd. In the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles, Sunset Boulevard runs along the northern boundary of the UCLA Westwood campus, and it also serves as the postal divider between north and south west of Beverly Hills.
Sunset Boulevard is also known as Guitar Row due to the fact that large number of guitar stores and music industry-related businesses are located in this area . Legendary recording studios Sunset Sound Studios and United Western Recorders are to be found here . Also many young, struggling actors, musicians, or artists are living in this area.
Sunset Strip is probably the best known section of Sunset Boulevard being the center for nightlife in the Los Angeles .
Even through Sunset Bvd has at least four lanes in width car accidents happen often due to its numerous curves and blind crests, and the lack of a center divider on most sections . Sunset Bvd is frequently congested with traffic loads far beyond its design capacity Traffic on Sunset is often slow-moving, during rush hour in both directions. When traffic is mild , Sunset Boulevard is an extremely fast thoroughfare as it encounters few traffic lights west of Doheny Drive.
In the 70s, the area between Gardner Street and Western Avenue, became a seedy red-light district afflicted with street prostitution. Even Hugh Grant pulled over and picked up a prostitute the morning of June 27, 1995 when police arrested him and the prostitute for lewd conduct in a public place and was later fined $1,200. Shortly after , the police raids drove out the majority of prostitutes in this area but the industry is still present through escort services .
Sunset Boulevard is presented Billy Wilder’s famous movie, an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, and a 1950s movie series, 77 Sunset Strip. Jan and Dean’s 1960s hit song Dead Man’s Curve immortalizes a section of the road near Bel Air estates just north of UCLA’s Drake Stadium.
Also Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a recreation of Sunset Bvd as a backdrop for its The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster rides.