The Hollywood Neighborhood in northeast Portland was named after the ornate Hollywood Theater which was built by Walter Tebbetts. The theater opened on July 17, 1926 with the silent movie, "More Pay-Less Work". Prior to 1926, this area was known as “Hollyrood”, Oregon after the Scottish Holyrood.
The Hollywood District was originally part of the Rose City Park subdivision which was platted in 1907. The original Rose City Park subdivision was part of a land claim of Joseph Backenstos, which was assigned to his widow by President Andrew Johnson in 1866. Early maps, around 1890, refer to this area as the Crook Tract. Hollywood is adjacent to the Laurelhurst and Grant Park Neighborhoods.
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