Hollywood sign put on an ‘cute’ light show Tuesday

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Hollywood sign lit up the night sky on Tuesday.

Lucky onlookers looking up at the hills saw the famous sign with a variety of colorful designs including a billowing rainbow, bright green, crisp white and other displays. Guests at Halsey’s Hollywood Bowl concert were particularly pleased to see an impromptu light show behind the “Without Me” singer.

“It was a fun half hour watching the Hollywood sign light up.” tweeted Jared head.

“Hollywood sign looks cute tonight” tweeted @fratti_natti.

The reason for the sudden light show was not made public. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.

The iconic Hollywood sign, first erected in 1923, has not been lit since the 2000 New Year celebrations.

Once upon a time, the sign was lit from 1923 to 1933 to advertise the luxury housing development Hollywoodland (the sign then said “Hollywoodland”). However, by 1933 the sign was shut down because of the cost of maintaining the bulbs.

In the following decades, the sign fell into disrepair again and again, as it changed hands several times. In 1944, the Sherman Company donated approximately 400 acres to the City of Los Angeles, which included the location of the sign. Five years later, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce agreed to repair the sign, removing the word “country” in the process.

However, that wasn’t the last time they had to intervene.

“The sign fell into such disrepair that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce intervened again in 1978… [and] raised $250,000 to completely rebuild the shield. No new lighting infrastructure was installed during that time,” Jeff Zarrinnam, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, told The Times in May. “It’s remained that way ever since.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-22/hollywood-sign-illuminate-rainbow-hills-lights Hollywood sign put on an ‘cute’ light show Tuesday

Sarah Ridley

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