Filmmakers began a westward migration as early as 1906. The 1920s saw the establishment of a thriving film industry in the area that would become known as Hollywood. Many of the studios we know today (MGM, Paramount, Columbia, UA, etc) were born during this time. Click the “Find Out More’ button if you would like to see a wonderful collection of historical photos documenting the development of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including some of the city’s most famous landmarks. And yes, the famous Hollywood sign used to read ‘Hollywoodland’ — it was erected to advertise a housing development, not the city’s burgeoning film industry.