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Hollywood and Highland

Visiting Hollywood and Highland

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Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood and Highland

© Betsy Malloy 2004

What Is Hollywood and Highland?

First, it's the location of two intersecting streets: Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. At that location you'll find an energetic, three-story, shopping/dining entertainment complex, a twenty-first century landmark that constantly tips its hat to the past.

From references to D. W. Griffith's 1916 film Intolerance in the multi-story "gate" at the end of the courtyard and the elephant statues surrounding it, to the stories captured in the "Road to Hollywood," this place constantly celebrates the film industry's past. And for that alone, it's fun to visit. You could spend almost an hour just reading all the stories and trying to guess whose they are.

The complex is occupied by shops and restaurants. Besides those, Hollywood and Highland also connects to the Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards and Cirque du Soleil's IRIS) and Grauman's Chinese Theater. Tours of both theaters are available for a fee.

The arch structure frames a terrific view of the Hollywood Sign. If you go to the back, past the arch, you and your pals can pose for pictures on the larger-than-life "casting couch" with the Hollywood Sign in the background.

Hollywood and Highland is a good base to start a walking tour of Hollywood Boulevard and the best place to park while doing it. See it with Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Here's a tip to save money: parking is cheaper with validation. Even if you didn't buy anything, you'll save money if you get a coffee or bottle of water at Starbuck's. Some shops will validate if you ask nicely, even if you didn't buy anything there, but do be polite about it. And another tip from a friendly security guard who has to find his car every day in that big parking lot: park along the only wall that has parking spaces and it will be easy to locate your vehicle when you're ready to leave.

You'll often find street performers on the sidewalk in front of Hollywood and Highland, dressed up as everything from Batman to Shrek. If you take a picture with them, keep in mind that they earn their living doing this and give them a tip.

Scenes from Hollywood and Highland

Enjoy some of our best shots in this Hollywood and Highland Photo Tour

Review

We rate the Hollywood and Highland 3 out of 4. We love to read the sidewalk inscriptions, the views are great and it's a good place to get something to eat.

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Details about Hollywood and Highland

  • Hours: Open daily
  • Cost: Free entrance, but parking fee and fees for Grauman's and Dolby Theatre tours
  • Location: At the corner of Hollywood and Highland, driving directions below
  • How Long: Browsers allow a half hour and shoppers could stay several hours
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon or evening, especially in summer

Getting to Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood and Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA
323-467-5312
Hollywood and Highland Website

From US Hwy 101, take the Highland Avenue exit and go south. The Hollywood and Highland parking lot entrance is on the right about half a mile down the hill.

The Los Angeles MTA (Metro Transit Authority) Red Line Hollywood and Highland stop is just steps away from the entrance to the complex.

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