Hollywood and Highland Center
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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.
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.