$100 million makeover is coming to Hollywood and Highland

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A rendering of the Ovation courtyard on Hollywood and Highland, featuring green space, Dave and Buster’s, Victoria’s Secret, and Pandora. Photo courtesy of DJM Capital.

For many years, visitors often thought of Hollywood as a place of glitz and glamour. But locals knew it as a seedy area. Then a big new mall opened at Hollywood and Highland in 2001, complete with white elephants on columns, a view of the Hollywood sign, and a new theater for the Oscars. 

Last year, investors DJM Capital and Gaw Capital bought Hollywood and Highland. They’re working with local design firm Gensler on a $100 million makeover of the complex, which they’ll rename as Ovation. They plan to break ground on the project later this year.

“It's not simply a kind of place for consumerism. It will be a place to work. It will be a place that you can bring your family, and kind of have a better, more rich experience,” Gensler’s David Glover told KCRW.