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Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon, the heart of 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.[1] 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.


Origin of name

Studio City Theater, now a Barnes & Noble branch

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.[1] Some residents wanted the town to be named Laurelwood, but the Chamber of Commerce pushed for Studio City to please the studios. [2]


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.[2] Traffic and parking problems have recently worsened, and the construction of parking structures has not made a visible improvement.


Dupar's Restaurant, Ventura Blvd.

According to the 2000 San Fernando Valley Almanac, Studio City has a population of 25,841 people and 13,086 households. The median home price is $811,000. The population demography is 81.6% White, 8.1% Latino, 5.8% Asian, and 8.6% African American. True to the city's name, many residents work in film, television and media. [3]

Like its neighbor Sherman Oaks, Studio City has seen a surge in restaurants of note in past decades[4], including a number of high quality sushi bars, two top delis and many restaurants known for fine dining (such as Firefly, Spark, and La Loggia).


Little Brown Church in the Valley

Local government officials

Studio City is part of the City of Los Angeles and sits largely within City Council District 2 with portions also lying in council districts 4 and 5.

Studio City is represented to the City of Los Angeles by the Studio City Neighborhood Council, one of 90 such Neighborhood Councils in the city created and funded by the City of Los Angeles. Studio City Neighborhood Council.

The area is also represented by Los Angeles County District 3 Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, District 23 California state Sen. Fran Pavley, California state Assemblyman Mike Feuer and U.S. Rep. Howard Berman.



Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Studio City is zoned to Los Angeles USD schools. Carpenter Avenue Elementary School, Rio Vista Elementary School, Walter Reed Middle School, and North Hollywood High School serve the community.[4] Carpenter Avenue Elementary School, Rio Vista Elementary School and Walter Reed Middle School are in Studio City. North Hollywood High School is in Valley Village.[5]

Private schools

Studio City is also home to private schools Campbell Hall Episcopal School, Oakwood School's Elementary School campus, Harvard-Westlake School's Upper School as well Bridges Academy, a private middle and high school for gifted students with learning disabilities.[5]

Public libraries

Notable residents

California History Mural on Chase Bank Branch, Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard
CBS Studio Center, Soundstage 2
Studio City's Ventura Boulevard Shopping District


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  2. ^ "Future of Historic Sportsmen's Lodge Uncertain,", 2 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Major buildings and projects by Rudolph Michael Schindler". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ Eng, Dinah. "That's why it's called Studio City." Los Angeles Times. March 20, 2005. 2. Retrieved on September 21, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "District Map." Studio City Neighborhood Council. Retrieved on September 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "A new reality series reveals what it’s like living with eco-celeb Ed Begley Jr.". Grist. 2 Jan 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  7. ^ "George Clooney's Home". Virtual Globetrotting. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  8. ^ "George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis: Getting Serious". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  9. ^ "William Shatner." The Biography Channel. Retrieved on September 21, 2009.
  10. ^ Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges, by Glenn Lovell, University of Wisconsin Press; Published 2008
  11. ^ "Roads open in Studio City".,0,3425179.story. Retrieved 2010-2-23. 

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Studio City [1] is an area in the San Fernando Valley, just to the west of Universal City and about 12 miles NW of Downtown LA. As its name implies, Studio City arose to support the motion picture studios with affordable housing for their employees. Some of the studio's biggest stars, such as Gene Autry, lived in the hills of Studio City (more recently, George Clooney). Studio City flourished in the 1950s and early 1960s and has become a trendy, upscale neighborhood with great restaurants and shopping. Radford Studios and nearby Universal City Studios are still major centers of film and TV production. Ventura Boulevard's "sushi alley" is home to perhaps the largest concentration of sushi restaurants in the Los Angeles area.

Get in

U.S. Route 101 connects Studio City to Hollywood and Downtown LA, as well as to Interstate 405, which is the primary route to West Los Angeles and LAX Airport. Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Boulevard traverse the Santa Monica Mountains and connect Studio City to West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, respectively.

Studio City is also accessible via the Metro [2] Red Line subway (Universal City Station), which connects Studio City to Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, as well as the Metro Orange Line, which travels to Warner Center in the West San Fernando Valley. A Metro Rapid bus line travels along Ventura Boulevard from Universal City Station to the West San Fernando Valley, with stops in Studio City at Laurel Canyon and Coldwater Canyon Boulevards.

Get around

Ventura Boulevard is the main thoroughfare through Studio City. The most pedestrian-friendly stretch is located between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue. A landscaped walking trail follows the south bank of the Los Angeles River (just north of Ventura Boulevard), from Whitsett Avenue to Radford Avenue.

  • CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Avenue +1 818 655-5000, was founded as Mack Sennett Studios, home of the Keystone Kops and Charlie Chaplin's earliest American films. It later became the Republic Pictures lot, and more recently it has been home to such sitcoms as Seinfeld and That '70s Show.
  • Wilacre Park, 3431 Fryman Road, offers panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley. The Betty B. Dearing Trail starts at the main parking lot and, after a short steep climb, levels off and begins a gentle descent before ending at a residential street. A walk up the trail and back to the parking lot through residential streets takes about an hour to complete. Parking is $1.
  • Farmer's Market, Ventura Place (corner of Ventura Blvd. and Radford). Held every Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Offers everything from meat & vegetables for sale to a petting zoo and face painting for kids.  edit
  • Pinz, 12655 Ventura Blvd (Between Whitsett and Coldwater), +1-818-769-7600, [3]. 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM. Probably the best bowling alley in Los Angeles. Features excellent lanes, glow-in-the-dark bowling at night, arcade, and more. $7/game.  edit
  • L'Imagerie, 12117 Ventura Blvd., +1 818 762-8488. Awesome collection of vintage rock posters and movie eight-sheets.  edit
  • Decor Art Galleries, 12149 Ventura Blvd., +1 818 755-0755, [4]. Historic black-and-white photos of old Hollywood, classic L.A., and various famous faces.  edit


The majority of the restaurants in Studio City are located along Ventura Boulevard. The stretch of Ventura closest to the border with Universal City is LA's "sushi alley", with literally dozens of sushi restaurants. Those who aren't fans of raw fish will also find offerings to their liking in this area, as well as in other locations throughout the city.

  • A Ca-Shi, 4037 Radford Ave., +1-818-760-0313 (fax: +1-818-760-0326). Located just off Ventura Blvd along Studio City's "sushi alley", this small restaurant offers up amazing fresh fish at reasonable prices. Be sure to share a cup of warm saki with Jay, the friendly owner. Dinner for two, including sake, will cost between $40 and $60.  edit
  • Carney's (Rail Car) Hot Dogs, 12601 Ventura Blvd., [5]. Unofficially endorsed by Jay Leno, Carney's operates from a bright yellow rail car, serving what it calls "Probably the best hot dogs and hamburgers in the world". The chilidogs and chili chesseburgers are probably worthy contenders-- and the whole experience, with indoor and outdoor seating, is good, clean, cheap fun. A second location is on the Sunset Strip.  edit
  • In-N-Out, 3640 Cahuenga Blvd., [6]. Sun-Thu 10:30 AM-1:00 AM, Fri-Sat 10:30 AM-1:30 AM. The iconic California burger chain has a location in Studio City. Its minimalist menu offers excellent renditions of fast-food staples at rock bottom prices. A "secret menu" offers a somewhat larger selection for those in the know. ~$5.00.  edit
  • Jerry's Famous Deli, 12655 Ventura Blvd., +1-818-980-4245 (fax: +1-818-766-5555), [7]. One of many locations, Jerry's is nevertheless noteworthy for its pricey but massive sandwiches, soups, and desserts. The Matzo Ball soup ($7.15 for a bowl) is particularly good.  edit
  • Katsu-Ya, 11680 Ventura Blvd., +1-818-985-6976. Another of the "sushi alley" restaurants, Katsu-Ya offers really good sushi at reasonable prices. The baked crab roll is a specialty and should not be missed. Parking is tough to find so plan on using the valet for $3.50. Waits can be long, so call for reservations. Dinner for two will cost between $40 and $60 with sake.  edit
  • Risotto Ristorante, 12650 Ventura Blvd., +1-818-761-7600, [8]. Mon-Sat 11a - 10p Sun 5p - 10p. Among the best traditional Italian cuisine in Los Angeles. Owner Claudio presents a unique menu offering his personal family recipies as well as familiar italian favorites. Be sure to ask about his nightly specials and indulge in the famous chocolate molten cake. Call ahead for reservations and be sure to request a table on the heated patio for romantic dining under the stars. $20-35.  edit
  • Sushi Nozawa, 11288 Ventura Blvd. Ste C, +1-818-508-7017. Home of LA's famous "sushi Nazi", Nozawa serves up some of the best and freshest fish in Los Angeles. If you sit at the bar you will have to take whatever Nozawa sees fit to serve you, with his famous "Special of the Day: Trust Me" sign the rule of the house. Be aware that any insult to the food or rudeness will get you thrown out immediately. Prices are steep; expect to pay between $80 and $150 for a dinner for two (including drinks).  edit
  • Vivian's, 10968 Ventura Blvd., +1-818-762-8710. A tasty and reasonably-priced casual dining spot, offering standard breakfast fare (try the banana pancakes) and simple lunch and dinner entrees. The outdoor patio is a neat spot to dine amongst trees and flowers. Expect to pay $5 - $8 per person for breakfast, slightly more for lunch and dinner.  edit
  • Clear, 11916 Ventura Blvd., +1-818-980-4811. A trendy but not overbearing bar on Ventura that serves decent drinks at reasonable prices, offers comfy couches, and has a crowd that mixes the typical aspiring actors and screenwriters with the nine-to-five crowd.  edit
  • Wine Bistro, 11915 Ventura Blvd., +1-818-766-6233 (fax: +1-818-766-2465), [9]. The Wine Bistro is both a restaurant and bar, serving French food for lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. JB, the owner, is likely to join you for a drink and will most definitely entertain you with his infectious laugh. There is an informal wine tasting every evening from 6:00 to 8:00.  edit
  • Days Inn Studio City - Hollywood, 12933 Ventura Blvd, +1 818-789-6900‎, [10].  edit
  • El Patio Inn, 11466 Ventura Blvd, [11]. checkin: 2 PM; checkout: 11 AM. Simple and cheap hotel  edit
  • Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd, +1 818-769-4700‎, [12]. Famous hotel over 100 years old, featuring large green space and swan-filled lake.  edit
  • Sherman Oaks - This neighboring city is home to stores, theaters, restaurants, and more attractions designed to tempt the shopaholic.
  • Universal City - Studio City's neighbor to the east is home to Universal Studios.
  • North Hollywood - Not to be confused with Hollywood, North Hollywood is a mostly-residential city that borders Studio City to the north.
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