Monday, November 16, 2009

Hollywood and Highland Center


Make sure to click the images to enlarge. These photos should be viewed up close and personal.

I absolutely loved the Hollywood and Highland center. It is located along Hollywood Boulevard and is the center of attention. Although it houses restaurants and retail shops, I see it as much more than your average mall. It is an open air complex which I really like. The retail shops and restaurants surround the main complex from the plaza area up to the second and third floors which you can visit by taking either the stairs or escalator on the far sides of the center.

The plaza area is complete with some small retail kiosks and a small fountain to cool you during those Summer months. What really fascinated me about this center is all of the intricate artwork as you can see detailed in these photos. The artwork and sculptures are amazing. I walked around for about an hour just snapping shots of the creative artistry. I don't know the history but when you walk up the entrance stairs as you'll see in a photo below, you feel as if you are walking into a movie set and a grand movie set at that. The columns and structure are gallant and regal. It is an exceptional piece of architecture.

There are many events and concerts hosted within this complex. The Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show hosts many of their outdoor concerts here. While I didn't shop or eat here, I thoroughly enjoyed the complex. It is an absolute must see when in the Hollywood area.




If you look closely you can see the Hollywood sign way in the background. Click to enlarge for a better look.




This is the main entrance into the complex off of Hollywood Boulevard.




I love the elephant columns in the complex. Just look at all that delicate artwork.




Here is another view of the elephant column with the retail and restaurants surrounding the main plaza area.




Here is a shot looking down into the main plaza area from the second floor.

video

I shot this short video outside of UWink which is a social and entertainment restaurant in the center. I just loved the light and audio show.

17 comments:

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: I'd love to go there but I don't guess you'd want an old lady tagging along next time? I could keep you laughing for sure. Besides, we could pick up men and they'd buy our meals.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Margie, I am an old lady myself. I love the men buying us meals :) Let's do it!

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: Sounds good to me. Let's go to that Pink's for hot dogs. I've always wanted to go there.

Ann said...

That looks like such an amazing place. Can I go with you and Margie?...lol
Love those elephants

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Margie, That place was on my list but I completely forgot about it while there. I definitely want to try one of their hot dogs too :D

Ann, Absolutely, we'll take a party bus there :)

rainfield61 said...

I wonder what does the elephant represent? It plays a major role in culture of Hinduism.

Cher said...

another fantastic place in my dream list. :)

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Very cool, I've seen this place on TV. I love the elephants and Egyptian looking art!

Ratty said...

This place is absolutely beautiful. The only other place I've seen that is similar is our baseball park here in Detroit. We have giant statues of tigers at the entranceway. Very similar architecture for both places.

AVCr8teur said...

I've been there once and I really like this place too. The architecture is amazing. I do feel like I'm in Egypt. Isn't it right by the Kodak Theater?

Icy BC said...

Beautiful photos, Jo and what a fantastic place to see.

reanaclaire said...

Oh, thanks for sharing.. i haven't seen or been there before though i would love to.. one day.. :)

RNSANE said...

That place looks fabulous. I am a collector of elephants..don't think you knew that and I really love the elephants here. If they ever turn up missing, you know who has them!

DK Miller said...

Great shots, looks like a great day. I love how the one photo seems to frame the Hollywood sign.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

rainfield, I wondered that as well. I tried to Google and do research but could not find anything.

Cher, yes, you must visit in person someday.

Jennifer, I do as well.

Ratty, cool I'd love to see it one of these days.

Karen, Right next to the Kodak and part of the same complex.

Icy, thank, it was cool to see in person

reanaclair, I hope you get the chance to see it, you'll love it. Thanks for visiting.

Carmen, I thought of you as soon as I saw the elephants I know you collect them. We;ll have to make a trip there in the middle of the night and see what we can do :)

Diane, yeah that was pretty cool an unexpected.

Sharkbytes said...

Very interesting building.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Shark, thank you it was really cool to see in person.