Hollywood & Highland is the entertainment center of Los Angeles for tourists and locals alike. Steps away from landmarks like the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s) Hollywood & Highland is the perfect place for a Hollywood beginning. With world-class shopping and dining, red carpet movie premieres and celebrated live theatre it’s the ultimate entertainment destination.
Dolby Theatre anchors the center and was specifically designed to be the home of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ annual Oscar’s broadcast. Flanking the common area leading to the theatre, known as Awards Walk, are art deco columns displaying the names of past recipients of the Academy Award® for Best picture.
The center opened on November 9, 2001 and was designed by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects. The historic site was once the home of the famed Hollywood Hotel. The location in the heart of Hollywood, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame is among the most visited tourist destination in the world.
The centerpiece of the complex is a massive four-story courtyard inspired by the Babylon Court scene from the D.W. Griffith film Intolerance. The developer of the shopping center-built part of the archway and two pillars with elephant sculptures on the capitals, just as seen in the film, to the same full scale. It gives visitors an idea of how large the original set must have been. The archway perfectly frames the Hollywood Sign in the distance and provides a great vantage point viewing the iconic sign.
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