Sherman Oaks Galleria

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Sherman Oaks Galleria
Sherman Oaks Galleria August 2010.jpg
The Galleria, seen from I-405
LocationSherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates34°9′15″N 118°28′0″W / 34.15417°N 118.46667°W / 34.15417; -118.46667Coordinates: 34°9′15″N 118°28′0″W / 34.15417°N 118.46667°W / 34.15417; -118.46667
Opening dateFormer mall, 1980. Current Business Entertainment Lifestyle Center 2002
DeveloperDouglas Emmett, Inc
ManagementDouglas Emmett Management, LLC
OwnerDouglas Emmett 2016, LLC
No. of stores and services36[1]
No. of anchor tenants2[2]
Total retail floor areasqft retail/entertainment
760,000 sq ft (71,000 m2) office[3]
No. of floors3 * With the exception of the Garden Office Building being 5 floors, and the Comerica Bank Building within Galleria complex is 16 floors*
Parking3,500 spaces
Valet service[4]

Sherman Oaks Galleria is a shopping and business center located in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States, at the corner of Ventura and Sepulveda Boulevards in the San Fernando Valley.

The teenage mall culture which formed around it and nearby malls formed the basis of the 1982 satirical song "Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa and daughter Moon Zappa, which mentions the Galleria by name (though misattributes its location as Encino, which it abuts). The mall has also been a shooting location for many films, most notably the seminal 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High as well as the 1983 film Valley Girl, both of which focused on the early 1980s San Fernando Valley youth culture.


The three-level mall was built on the site of Moses Sherman's original 1911 thousand-acre investment in the area, at the present-day intersection of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards.[5] It opened in 1980 with two department stores (Robinsons anchored the south, May Company anchored the north).[6] Pacific Theatres' Pacific 4 occupied the uppermost level of the mall.[6] The mall became famous in the early 1980s as being the center of the teenage mall culture and a well-known teenage hangout.[7] The Galleria formed the basis of the Frank Zappa/Moon Unit Zappa 1982 satirical single "Valley Girl" from Zappa's album Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch.[8][9][10] Following on the popularity of the song, the TV show Real People hosted an Ultimate Valley Girl competition (referred to as "a nightmare" by contest judge Moon Zappa), at the Galleria.[11] In 1993, Robinsons and May Company merged, forming Robinsons-May - both stores in the mall were converted to Robinsons-May, the north store becoming a Men's and Home store, and the south store becoming a Women's and Children's store.[6][12]

The next decade saw business at the Galleria decline. In January 1994, the mall closed for 11 days for repairs following the Northridge earthquake.[13][14] Although the mall reopened quickly, Robinson-May didn't re-open its south wing store for four years following the earthquake, and many smaller stores on that floor closed.[15] During that closure, the mall suffered due to having only one main anchor store. Mall management sued to evict Robinson-May in 1998, alleging that the delay was a lease violation and caused the store closures, but R-M countersued, claiming that poor mall promotion and management were the cause.[15] Closures continued through the 1990s until a gift and jewelry shop was one of the few remaining stores in 1999.[7]

The rebuilt Sherman Oaks Galleria, opened in 2002, seen from Ventura and Sepulveda

The mall closed in April 1999 for a major renovation[7] and reopened in 2002 as an open-air center which was quite different from its previous incarnation.[16] The new layout was termed "mixed-use".[17] The only remnant of the original mall is the court where the Pacific 16 Theatres is located, which are on the uppermost of what was previously the southern Robinsons-May store. The majority of the remaining mall was turned into offices.[18] Warner Bros. set up offices[1] in what was once one of the mall entrances. Several mortgage companies and financial services providers are headquartered within the center. Additional tenants include 24 Hour Fitness, Burke Williams Day Spa, Devry, the Paul Mitchell School, as well as several major restaurant chains (Cheesecake Factory, P. F. Chang's China Bistro, Buffalo Wild Wings, & Frida's Mexican). The remodeling and new construction were designed by Gensler and built by Peck/Jones Construction, which in 2005 filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.[19][20]

On Monday, June 4, 2007, the Pacific Galleria 16 Theaters changed into an ArcLight Cinema, as the Pacific Theaters own the ArcLight brand.[21] The transformation began gradually, with re-branding at the start, and renovation throughout the summer of 2007. The theater was closed for three months to complete the process of this.[21]

Use in films[edit]

The Galleria was featured in scenes in several films. Fast Times at Ridgemont High,[18] Valley Girl[7][18](aerial, exterior shots), Night of the Comet, Commando,[22][23] Back to the Future Part II,[23] Albert Brooks' Mother,[23] Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge,[24] Walk Like a Man (1987),[25] Innerspace[26] and Chopping Mall[27] were filmed at the Galleria, as were scenes for the 2011 release Crazy, Stupid, Love.[28][29]


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  12. ^ "Robinsons, May Co. to merge". Daily News of Los Angeles. October 17, 1992.
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  15. ^ a b White, George (July 17, 1998). "Dispute Batters Galleria; Business: Sherman Oaks mall owner seeks to evict its largest tenant, Robinsons-May". Los Angeles Times. p. Metro 1.
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  19. ^ Greenberg, David (January 3, 2005). "Contractor Peck/Jones headed for Bankruptcy Court under Chapter 7". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved 2011-07-21.(registration required)
  20. ^ Bronstad, Amanda (October 28, 2002). "Tough economy hurting region's big private firms. (Up Front)". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
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  22. ^ Sullivan, Deborah (November 5, 1998). "Still Happy as Fall Guy". Los Angeles Daily News ( [Bob Yerkes] has swung across the Sherman Oaks Galleria for Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando.
  23. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Eileen (July 13, 1996). "Only in L.A. - A Conventioneers Map to Star Video Sites". Billboard. 108 (28): 60.
  24. ^ Szebin, Frederick C. (1989). "Eric's Revenge". Cinefantastique. 20 (1/2. (November)): 30. We eventually shot at Sherman Oaks Galleria. Roger Corman shot Chopping Mall there.
  25. ^ Walk Like a Man (1987) at 1:00:36.
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  27. ^ Duralde, Alonso (April 7, 2009). "Cinema du food court: Great mall movies". Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.
  28. ^ Lowman, Rob (July 4, 2010). "Carell's choice to star in 'Despicable Me' and leave 'The Office' is all for the kids". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
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