Westfield Century City
|Location||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Address||10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067|
|Architect||Welton Becket Associates|
|No. of stores and services||148|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||878,155 sq ft (81,583.3 m2)|
Westfield Century City, formerly Century City Shopping Center & Marketplace, is a shopping mall in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is owned by Westfield Group. Its anchor stores are Bloomingdale's and Macy's. It also contains an AMC Theatres multiplex.
Originally called Century Square Shopping Center, the mall opened in 1964 with The Broadway as its sole anchor. Early retail operations included Silverwood's, Clifton's Cafeteria, Joseph Magnin, Judy's, Harris & Frank, See's Candies, Contempo Casuals, and the Century House restaurant. An expansion in 1976 brought in a second anchor, Bullock's, as well as more shops. These buildings, having brown brick exteriors, were built on top of a formerly open air parking lot. The mall's next major renovation came in 1987 when the old tent like structure at the northwest corner of the mall was taken down and in its place came a food court built in the form of an updated urban market and appropriately named the Marketplace. That renovation also brought in a 14-screen AMC movie theater that, in the era before multiplexes came of age, was one of the largest movie theater complexes in the U.S. Both the Marketplace and movie theaters immediately became hits. In 1996 both The Broadway and Bullock's closed when The Broadway's struggling parent Carter Hawley Hale was acquired by Federated Department Stores. Federated then converted the store into Bloomingdale's while retiring the Bullock's name in the process in favor of Macy's. The Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 2002, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Century City", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. In 2004, Westfield initiated a $127 million renovation which had largely been completed as of mid-2007. The old Marketplace and movie theaters have been converted to new retail shops catering to the more upscale, trendy customer.
Built on what had been 20th Century Fox's back-lot, the mall was the site of location shooting early in its existence. It can be seen extensively in 1967's A Guide for the Married Man and Caprice as well as 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, all produced by 20th Century Fox.
The mall has subterranean parking. The first three hours are free. Valet parking is available on Santa Monica Boulevard and Constellation Boulevard. Until November 22, 2006, street parking was available directly adjacent to the mall on Santa Monica Boulevard. On that date, Los Angeles Department of Transportation workers painted the curb on this part of Santa Monica red. As of August 2008 Westfield has installed a Park Assist guidance system which includes electronic signage and coloured bay status indicators.
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