Beverly Center

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Beverly Center
View from the intersection of La Cienega Blvd. and 3rd St.
Location Los Angeles, California
Opening date March 1982
Developer A. Alfred Taubman, Sheldon Gordon & E. Phillip Lyon
Management Taubman Centers
Owner Taubman Centers
No. of stores and services 160+
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 883,000 sq ft (82,000 m2)
No. of floors 8

The Beverly Center is a shopping mall in Los Angeles, California, United States. It is a monolithic eight-story structure located at the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, California, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards. Anchor tenants include Bloomingdale's and Macy's. Along with the retail and designers' boutiques, Beverly Center offers a guest service desk, valet parking, and taxi services. The mall also has two restaurants: Pizza Lounge and Chipotle Mexican Grill.[1] The mall's Rooftop Terrace offers sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Westside.

The Center's externally visible escalators previously resembled similar escalators at the Centre Georges Pompidou but underwent renovation in 2007 and now have a different appearance which affords visitors an expanded view of the surrounding area and the hills to the north.

Retail tenants[edit]

The mall contains shops for brands including Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, Dolce & Gabbana,[2] Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Ben Sherman, Diesel, Gucci, Prada, Ferrari Store,[3] Burberry, Fendi,[4] Victorinox, and Hugo Boss.


Beverly Center at the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard

The Beverly Center was originally opened in 1982 by developers A. Alfred Taubman, Sheldon Gordon & E. Phillip Lyon. (The site's former occupant was a small amusement park known as Beverly Park and Kiddyland, featuring a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and mini roller-coaster, and a pony ride known as Ponyland.) The northeast corner of the mall, at the intersection of Beverly and La Cienega Boulevards, happens to be the center of the studio zone.

The mall's unusual shape and lack of street frontage along San Vicente Boulevard is due to its location on top of the Salt Lake Oil Field. The western portion of the mall property contains a cluster of oil wells, all operated by Freeport-McMoRan (formally Plains Exploration & Production), in a drilling enclosure that is active to this date.[5][6]

The opening of the mall featured the debut of a multiplex movie theater initially boasting 14 screens, at that time the largest number of movie screens in any US multiplex.[7] The multiplex was launched on July 16, 1982, with the West Coast premiere of Miramax's The Secret Policeman's Other Ball which played on three of its fourteen screens. Even though the movie theater was located in Los Angeles, the opening was newsworthy enough to warrant a full article in The New York Times.[8] In the late 1980s, three smaller screens were removed on the main floor, so two larger auditoriums could be built on the roof. The theatre closed on June 3, 2010.

The mall contained the USA's first Hard Rock Cafe, the third installment of the restaurant chain, following those in London and Toronto. The Beverly Center was originally anchored by Bullock's and The Broadway department stores, and in 1993 Bullock's opened a separate Bullock's Men's store, before both stores were renamed Macy's in 1996. The Broadway closed its location in 1996 when it was absorbed into Macy's and its former store was reopened as a Bloomingdale's in 1997.

In 2004, Taubman Centers, the public Real Estate Investment Trust and successor to A. Alfred Taubman's shopping center interests, purchased its partners minority investments stake in the property.

Beverly Center and West Hollywood Hills

In popular culture[edit]

  • On May 18, 2009, rap artist Dolla was fatally shot at the Beverly Center.
  • In the film Eraserhead, industrial wasteland scenes were shot at the present location of the Beverly Center. Prior to its current state of development, the site was an oil field.[9]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ ] (2012-09-19). "Beverly Center Upgrades From a D&G to a Dolce & Gabbana - Racked LA". Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Store Locator | Ferrari Store Blog - Official Ferrari Merchandise Online". Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Shopping: Fendi opens boutique at Beverly Center - latimes". 2010-10-03. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  5. ^ "There's oil in them thar hills! Beverly, that is ...". 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  6. ^ Landsberg, Mitchell (August 6, 2001). "Decades-Old Oil Field Dies as Fairfax Area Mall Takes Shape". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Beverly Center 13 Cinemas in Los Angeles, CA". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  9. ^ "2013 »". Film Forno. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 

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Coordinates: 34°04′30″N 118°22′37″W / 34.075°N 118.377°W / 34.075; -118.377