NoHo Arts District

NoHo Arts District


The NoHo Arts District is a relative newcomer in the San Fernando Valley, born out of a small stretch of the communities of Valley Village and North Hollywood. It is a cluster of theaters, cafes, art galleries and shops, mostly set along relatively short stretches of Magnolia Blvd., Lankershim Blvd., Burbank Blvd. and Vineland Ave. There are more than 20 professional theaters in the area as well as professional dance studios and the largest number of music recording venues in the West. Access to the district is easy from Universal City, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles, as the Red Line of the Metro stops right in the thick of things at the North Hollywood Station.

The district was established in 1992 by members of the Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, choosing the name NoHo as a reference to the location in North Hollywood and a play off of New York City’s artsy SoHo District. This change helped developed a once primarily lower to middle-class suburb into something much greater – a collection of art and a home for the artists who ply their trade in the galleries, theaters and dance studios in this small annex.

Each year, more restaurants, urban, loft-style living communities and shops are springing up in the area, bringing greater class, style and refinement, as well as a new host of dining, living and entertainment options, including modern apartments, local chain favorites like Starbucks and Coldstone, and a Valley outpost of the popular Hollywood sports bar and hot wings spot, Big Wangs. Older complexes like the American Renegade Theater and historical theaters like the El Portal have been redesigned and renovated and the entire community is undergoing efforts to beautify the area and make it more appealing to businesses. Storefronts are continuously being revamped along Magnolia, Lankershim and Burbank Blvd.




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