It’s a…ummm…someplace to go…in Hollywood. I guess.
Ladies and gentlemen, there really is no point to Hollywood and Highland.
One of the reasons Tourists flock to Hollywood is that they think that’s where the stars live, when in reality, its a partially run down neighborhood filled with mostly Eastern-European Immigrants. The Hollywood they’re thinking of existed back in the 30s and 40s.
I mean, seriously? Los Angeles residents? We don’t go here. The visit I made to write this piece was my third visit since its been open, and its been open since 2001. The stars and celebrities you dream of seeing? They ain’t here. And if they are here, they’re here for only two reasons, for a Movie Premiere or for the Oscars. That’s it.
The whole point of Hollywood and Highland seems to be to provide a source of revenue when they’re not using the soon-to-be-former Kodak Theater…for something. There is nothing here for the average Angeleno. Everything seems geared for the Tourists who come into town, want a quick place to park, to they can gawk at the Hollywood Sign, and wander down the Hollywood Walk of Fame to look for their favorite whoever.
Oh, and shop, shop, shop…for souvenirs and Hollywood-themed bric-a-brac.
That being said, Hollywood and Highland does have a damn good view of the sign. There are definitely better ones in town, but none come as easy as this. Just go up to the second highest balcony in the place (you can’t go to the Highest, that’s reserved for the guests of the nearby Renaissance Hotel), and snap away. Then afterwards, you can snack on one of the many average dining options (even the Gumbo Pot’s new location here is suspect, by the way), and I don’t know…buy yourself a T-Shirt.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: However long you plan on staying at Hollywood and Highland, please…for your own sanity…have a back-up plan. Someplace else you’d like to go that day. There’s less here than meets the eye, and sooner or later the people you’re with will figure it out as well.
PARKING: Hollywood and Highland has its own massive, and massively well organized Parking Structure. Truth be told, it’s the best organized Garage in town. Easy to get in. Easy to get out. The only problem is going to be availability. Hollywood is still Hollywood, and the thing can get real crowded.
Hollywood and Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028