The Westside Pavilion is a relative newcomer to the L.A. mall scene, arriving in 1985. In that year, its eccentric exterior facade was considered a bit showy by some, with its "Miami Vice" pastels and avant-garde styling. But no one argues that the mall's interior design is the real attraction here.
In a world filled with drab, plain shopping malls, the Westside Pavilion dared to take a chance, and manages to somehow blend a rich Old World ambiance with a California-trendy style all its own.
by the same man who gave us San Diego's famed Horton Plaza and the
new Universal CityWalk, the Westwood
Pavilion offers the look and feel of an old European street. It features
an arching glass skylight roof, old-fashioned globe street lamps, tile
floors, and fanciful bridges & walkways spanning its three levels.
By the way, if the mall looks familiar to you, it might be because it was where Alicia Silverstone and her friends went shopping in the 1995 comedy "Clueless." Also, rocker Tom Petty filmed his video "Free Falling" here, while riding the mall's escalators.
Given its proximity to Beverly Hills, it's not surprising that they get their fair share of celebrity shoppers. Michael Jackson, for instance, was spotted here checking out the holograms at a specialty store.
The Westside Pavilion also boasts the busiest, most profitable food court of any mall in L.A.: "The Westside Terrace."
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin were spotted outside the Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion Theatres at the mall, arm in arm, without so much as sunglasses to disguise their identities. The theatres (on the top floor) are notable because the complex showcases 'art-house' films often unavailable elsewhere in the city.
Mimi Rogers comes often to the mall's Nordstrom department store and looks for clothes for her daughter. Teri Garr was seen in Nordstrom's personal shopper department, and rapper "Kid" (from Kid 'N Play) was spotted shopping in the children's shoes department . It has also been rumored that petite Sally Field was shopping in the Nordstrom's boy's department.
In May of 1999, Capt. Kirk himself (William Shatner) showed up at the Waldenbooks in the mall to sign copies of his new book.
In 2007, the mall's west wing (reached from the main mall via a bridge over Westwood Blvd) will become home to the new Landmark Film Center (which they are calling "the largest independent film center in the country"). While the ground floor will contain a number of restaurants, the upper floors will be devoted to theatres showing independent films (as well as popular favorites) on 12 screens, plus a lounge, reserved seating, wide leather rocker seats, a wine bar, and (best of all) no commercials. It will compete with other upscale theatres such as the Arclight and with new theatres at Century City and CityWalk. They will also open the Westside Tavern (on ground level), a new restaurant that will cater to film fans, and even offer three private dining rooms for parties. Parking on the roof will be free (except after premieres, when they'll use the space for after-parties.)
Getting there: The mall is located in West Los Angeles, about a mile and a half south of the UCLA campus. The original mall is located at the southeast the corner of Pico Boulevard and Westwood Boulevard With the addition of a new outdoor western wing and pedestrian bridge, the mall now spans both sides of Westwood Boulevard. / From Rodeo Drive, take Santa Monica Boulevard southwest (about two and a half miles) to Westwood Boulevard. Turn left (south) on Westwood Boulevard, and go 3/4 of a mile to the mall (at Pico).
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