Shopping, dining, cinemas, concerts, night spots, and one-of-a-kind experiences-it can all be found in one convenient spot: Universal Studios CityWalk in Hollywood. Gathered here are dozens of shops, restaurants, and recreational facilities, a profusion of neon, music, savory smells, and lively crowds of people, all aimed at providing visitors with an unforgettable Hollywood experience.
The CityWalk Cinemas Stadium 19 features digital surround sound and over 3,500 plush rocker seats in its 19 huge screen theaters, including an IMAX theater that is eight stories high. Concerts are performed the Gibson Amphitheatre, an indoor concert venue with 6,089 seats. On the schedule are some of L.A.'s hottest new acts and renowned music legends, such as Mariah Carey. Previously known as Universal Amphitheatre, the venue is jointly operated by Universal Studios and the House of Blues.
For shopping, Universal CityWalk features more than 30 unique shops, offering apparel, accessories, collectibles, food specialties, games, novelties, health and beauty items, and home goods. Brand-name retailers include Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess? Accessories, Sketchers, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, to name a few. The Universal Studio Store serves as a mini theme park of Hollywood merchandise, while the Dodgers Clubhouse Store and the Raider Image offer local baseball and football paraphernalia, respectively. GameStop, Stop & Play, Crow's Nest Toys and other youth-oriented shops can be found here, along with adult-focused services, such as the Zen Zone with its walk-in massage treatments, oxygen bar, herbal teas and selection of at-home pampering items.
For dining, dozens of restaurants are waiting here, divided into three categories for easy access. The Casual Dining list includes the familiar, such as Tony Roma's and Buca di Beppo, as well as the exotic-Wasabi, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, and Karl Strauss Brewing Company, to name a few. Among the Quick Service Eateries are Subway, Pizza Hut, Panda Express, and KFC Express, as well as Dodger Dogs, the Crepe Caf,, and Puccino Pizzeria. Snack & Refreshments are available at Ben & Jerry's, Yogurtland, Jamba Juice, Starbucks Coffee, Cinnabon, and more.
Each night, Universal CityWalk takes on the aura of an entertainment hot spot. Visitors can ride the mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch Chop House, go bowling at Jillian's, try indoor skydiving at iFly Hollywood's vertical wind tunnel, or dance to Latin sounds in the Rumba Room. The Jon Levitz Comedy Club provides plenty to laugh about with three floors of seating, and Howl at the Moon invites patrons to sing along at its piano bar. Meanwhile, local Los Angeles bands vie for the attention of stars and starlets at the Hard Rock Caf,.
Although certain clubs do require cover charges, there is never a fee to visit Universal CityWalk. The retail shops are open from 11am each day, and they don't close until 8pm Monday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, they stay open until 11pm, and on Sundays till 9pm. Most food and entertainment venues have extended operating hours, and all hours are subject to change.
Universal CityWalk is located just north of downtown Los Angeles at 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, California 91608. From Los Angeles International Airport, take the 105 Freeway East to 110 Harbor Freeway North. Get on the 101 Hollywood Freeway North to the Universal Studios Boulevard exit. Take a right on to the boulevard and follow the signs to the Universal Studios parking areas-$20 per vehicle preferred or $10~14 general. A $5 parking rebate is available at the box office with movie ticket purchase. No overnight parking is allowed. There is also a subway station at Universal City, on the Metro Red Line.