Universal CityWalk is a popular shopping and entertainment area was built it 1993 and expanded in 2000. It provides a link between parking areas and the theme park, gives customers and local residents an opportunity for buzzing environment.
The whole area (along with parking structures and service areas) can be used by production companies for filming. During the 2000 expansion, an outdoor video screen and lighting system was added to CityWalk. Setting a new standard for environmental entertainment systems, Podium Arts founder Joseph Finneran led the creative concept development, design and overall integration of a major site-wide media overlay at Universal Studios landmark retail facility in Hollywood.
As part of it’s expansion to a 220,000 square foot facility, the system amplifies the visitor experience of multiple neighborhoods, tailoring music, video, lighting and other controlled systems to fit the architectural character and day-part demographics of the street.
The project involved original branding (custom copy, graphics and music), a deal for perpetual, regularly updated content with Universal Music Group, and an operating system capable of automated, randomized operation for multiple weeks of 18-hour days. The system also supports manual, customized operation for use with major movie premieres, broadcast shoots.
Universal CityWalk offers sample traditional Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos and enchiladas at Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, indulge in one-of-a-kind sweet snacks, or just want to pick up some of the latest apparel, accessories or Universal merch, it’s all here at Universal CityWalk. With acres of a fun and exciting environment – from shopping to mouth-watering food, drinks and treats.
Start watching movies again at the place where movies are made. Universal Cinema delivers high-tech elegance and chic sophistication, including a 7-story IMAX with LASER theatre, making it L.A.’s ultimate movie experience. Discounted movie parking with purchase of general admission parking and a movie ticket from Universal Cinema.
Universal Cinema delivers high-tech elegance and chic sophistication with newly redesigned 18-plex and a 7-story IMAX with LASER theatre, making it L.A.’s ultimate movie experience! Take your movie-going experience to new heights with premium amenities. 18 Redesigned auditoriums featuring:
Reserved deluxe power-reclining seats
Dolby Atmos multidimensional sound
Christie RGB Laser projection
State of the art IMAX with LASER featuring:
Next generation IMAX dual 4K laser projection and 12 channel sound
With so many great places to shop, you can take home more than just memories from Universal Studios Hollywood.
Abercrombie & Fitch – A leading specialty retailer that provides high-quality merchandise that compliments the casual classic American lifestyle.
Chocolaté Loco – LA’s most unusual chocolate store salutes the Aztec origins of Chocolate and Mexicos. Featuring mercado decor with papel picados, Mexican artisan goods saluting Frida Kahlo, the day of the dead, and craft styles from many regions of Mexico. Over 2000 square feet submerge you in pure chocolate heaven, with handmade Mexican dulces, chocolate covered fresh jalapeños or jalapeño & habenero brownies.
Dodgers Clubhouse – The Dodgers Clubhouse is the official store of the LA Dodgers. The store features the best selection of Dodgers merchandise for the whole family including apparel, gifts, novelties and team memorabilia. The store is also an outlet to purchase Dodgers tickets. Watch for autograph sessions with your favorite current and retired players.
Lush – Fresh and homemade cosmetics in the Newest, Hottest, and Freshest Beauty-Deli in Hollywood.
Magnet Max – Provides fun magnets for every walk of life. Pick up a wide variety of magnets with catch sayings and fun souvenirs for all occasions.
Sparky’s – Sparky’s is a unique fun filled store that takes you on a joyride through your favorite childhood memories. Whether Fabulous Forties or Generation X. Celebrating classic ideas by mixing fun new products with original vintage items.
Sunglass Hut – A wide variety of eyewear and sunglasses.
Things From Another World – Things From Another World is your #1 source for the coolest movies, comics, and collectibles in the galaxy. Look for the spaceship that crashed into the side of the building and inside you’ll find a massive selection of action figures, comic books, movies, model kits.
Zen Zone – ZEN ZONE has drawn its inspiration from the floating world. Take 20 minutes to REVIVE-RELAX-REPLENISH, at our oxygen bar, in our aqua massage beds, drink a tea or tonic, get a chair or a foot massage. Additionally, Zen Zone has a full line of one-minute spa products to take home.
Universal CityWalk’s quick and full-service restaurants offer everything from snacks like churros, ice cream and soda, to elegant gourmet cuisine.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – This popular themed restaurant opened in 2006 and offers a unique style, related to the character from Forrest Gump.
Crepe Cafe – A selection of crepes with fries, salads, fruit and sodas.
Hard Rock Cafe – Classic American food with a rock and roll flavour.
Popcornopolis – Popcorn specialist on CityWalk.
Saddle Ranch Chop House – The venue opened in May 2003 after a 3 year closed period following the closure of the Country Star Restaurant.
Upstart Crow – Bookstore, Souvenir Store and Coffeehouse all in one.
Wasabi – “The Best Sushi in LA….”
Brighten up your holidays at CityWalk with spectacular Christmas tree, sumptuous outdoor dining, and fun holiday shopping. Snap that perfect holiday photo with spectacular Christmas tree and festive décor. From the latest apparel and fragrances, to sweets and stocking stuffers, all holiday gift needs right here at any of unique shops.
Get into the spirit of the season with one-of-a-kind holiday creations at Voodoo Doughnut. Celebrate with plenty of outdoor dining and take-out locations including Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, VIVO Italian Kitchen and NBC Sports Grill & Brew, newest restaurant in the heart of Universal CityWalk.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, California. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios sets and is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world.
The magic of movie-making comes to life at the park, which combines the quintessential Hollywood movie experience with frogtastic theme park attractions and shows. Exciting attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Universal Studios Hollywood is divided roughly in half between upper and lower lots. Outside the theme park, a new, all-digital facility near the Universal Pictures backlot was built in an effort to merge all of NBCUniversal’s West Coast operations into one area. In 2017, the park hosted 9.056 million guests, ranking it 15th in the world and 9th among North American parks.