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The Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip is a mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. The Sunset Strip is the most well known part of the Sunset District and harbors an impressive collection of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and rock clubs. The Strip is also known for its huge collection of colorful billboards and has become a famous hangout for celebrities and rock stars.
The Sunset Strip became famous in the 1920's as a safe haven for casinos and nightclubs to operate due to its location. The Strip lay just outside the incorporated Los Angeles City limits where it was illegal to gamble but just inside the Los Angeles County limits where gambling was legal. The first casino and nightclub owners were excited to find an area close to the city but outside the notorious Los Angeles Police Department's jurisdiction. This area began to rapidly attract movie stars and celebrities and became one of the most popular gathering spots for many Los Angeles' socialites.
Throughout the next several decades the attraction of the Sunset Strip would bounce between the rich and famous in the 1930's and 1940's to musicians and rock stars in the 1960's and 1970's. Music became a popular attraction on the Strip and bands would regularly stay at the Hyatt West Hollywood, also known as the 'Riot Hyatt' and the 'Riot House', because of its close proximity to live music. Bands could be heard at venues lining the strip including The Whiskey, Roxy and the House of Blues. Musicians and celebrities can still be spotted dining in the Sunset Strip's many restaurants and patronizing its plethora of nightclubs and music venues.