Incorporating the historic ITC/Grauman's Chinese Theatre
(operated my Mann's) on its southwest corner, Hollywood & Highland Center
added the Dolby Theatre
, formerly the Kodak Theatre, the permanent home of the Academy Awards, and a mix of retail, dining and entertainment venues around the central Babylon Courtyard, modeled after the ancient Babylon set from D.W. Griffith's 1916 epic "Intolerance." Hollywood & Highland also includes the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.
Most of the attractions on Hollywood Boulevard
are near the intersection of Hollywood and Highland
, with nightclubs and restaurants scattered loosely down the street to another cluster at Hollywood and Vine. In 2009, the W Hotel opened at Hollywood and Vine across from the 1930 Pantages Theatre
, bringing a new nightclub and restaurant to join the longstanding Avalon
nightclub in the Palace Theatre Building
and other revolving-name clubs in the area. Also visible from the intersection of Hollywood & Vine is the iconic Capitol Records Building
, just north on Vine Street.
East, beyond where the Walk of Fame ends at Gower, Hollywood Boulevard passes through Thai Town
and Little Armenia
, both home to some great budget ethnic food.