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Little Armenia
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Little Armenia as viewed from Griffith Observatory
Little Armenia as viewed from Griffith Observatory
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Little Armenia (English: Little Armenia, Armenian: Փոքր Հայաստան) is a community that is part of the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It falls within the area referred to as East Hollywood. The area is served by the Metro Red Line at the Hollywood/Western station.

Little Armenia is defined by the Los Angeles City Council as "the area bounded on the north by Hollywood Boulevard between the 101 Freeway and Vermont Avenue, on the east by Vermont Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard, on the south by Santa Monica Boulevard between Vermont Avenue and U.S. Route 101 and on the west by Route 101 from Santa Monica Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard" (adopted on 6 October 2000). It also overlaps substantially with Thai Town.

History and geography

Its name comes from the large number of Armenian-Americans who live in the area and also from the large number of Armenian stores and businesses that had already opened in the neighborhood by the early 1970s.

St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church is an Armenian church that is located inside Little Armenia. St. Garabed church is the place of prayer for the vast majority of Armenians living in Hollywood. It is located on Alexandria Avenue and it was built in 1978. The church is located in front of the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School.

The main Los Angeles Branch of the Church of Scientology has been located in Little Armenia on Sunset Bl. between N. Catalina St. and L. Ron Hubbard Way since 1977. In 1996 a small section of what was N. Berendo St. was renamed L. Ron Hubbard way.

Little Armenia's only public park is Barnsdall Art Park, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House and a city-run arts center built in 1919-1921. The park, located on small but scenic Olive Hill, was donated to the city of Los Angeles by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall.

Many of the novels, short stories and poems of Charles Bukowski, a native of East Hollywood, are set in the area.

One of the major events that occurs in "Little Armenia" is every year on April 24, Armenians gather in Hollywood to take part in a protest for the recognition of Armenian Genocide. Though Hollywood was once home to the biggest Armenian community in the region, Glendale surpassed Hollywood in both the number and proportion of Armenians in population, while Burbank, Pasadena, and La Crescenta also have large Armenian communities but with no special designation.


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