Universal Cinema AMC at Citywalk Hollywood 19

100 Universal City Plaza,
Universal City, CA 91608

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Logan5 on June 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Zip code is 91608

longislandmovies on November 30, 2007 at 9:32 pm


tcjarvik on November 30, 2007 at 8:55 pm

They added stadium seating and red high back chairs to all auditoriums. They also added purple and red painted floors on the entry level and purple and red carpet in the hallways and upstairs. They have black leather sofas along the walls. They kept the balconies in the large auditoriums.


dil on July 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Would someone tell me how it is now after the remodel????Someone please post a comment about how the remodel has improved it.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 4, 2007 at 6:42 pm

I didn’t go here after all like I planned. Looks like I won’t get to see this joint till late summer.

longislandmovies on May 28, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Garth our leader at the time was more into small theaters as the flagships IT SEEMED IT WAS MORE ABOUT THE PRESTIGE THAN HOW MUCH A THEATER MADE….In his mind i would think the flagships were ..
Carnagie hall theater…Pantage(live theater) was his favourite.In the beging he loved the Warner theater (42 nd st &broadway)HE always felt he was the first to put money into 42 nd st …

moviebuff82 on May 28, 2007 at 4:22 pm

like the now closed Route 4 tenplex and the extinct Eaton Center 21 screen theater that was at the time the first true megaplex in North America, and also the still open Ziegfeld theater and Chelsea multiplex. Also, it had 4 more screens than the still open Beverly Center 14 (which is now a Mann theater) and was much bigger and luxurious.

longislandmovies on May 28, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Flagship….not really…. maybe for the west coast….This was the first mega theater for Cineplex Odeon but it never was the flagship as one would have thought….Cineplex had so many high profile theaters in Ny and Canada that overshadowed this theater….

moviebuff82 on May 28, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Was this theater a showcase for Universal’s movies, much like the El Capitan was for Disney? Also, was this theater the flagship of the Cineplex Odeon chain before the takeovers?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 28, 2007 at 3:48 pm

The remodel has been completed and the theatre is now referred to in AMC ads as Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX. The ads also declare that it has 360 degree surround sound and the widest stadium seating seats in the country.

Seeing (and hearing) is believing, of course. And I will see for myself on June 2nd when I go to a movie here.

Coate on March 21, 2007 at 10:47 pm

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.


JodarMovieFan on February 21, 2007 at 7:55 am

I thought I had posted a comment on this venue several years ago and it seems like it has disappeared for some odd reason. As posted above, by Manwithnoname, the auditoriums play rather loudly but I haven’t frequented the place enough to say it is with consistency. My first visit here was way back in ‘93, where my cousin and I saw the first “Jurassic Park” in the then new sound format DTS. The show was a matinee but if I remember correctly, there was a balcony and yes, the sound was quite loud. My cousin kept clawing into my arm during the T-Rex stampede that they made impressions! The movie was quite a thrill ride due to, in part, to the digital sound system.

The last time I was saw a movie there was in ‘01 where gasp my friend and I saw Jurassic Park 3, in digital projection. This particular auditorium had the requisite crisp colors and bright picture that DP can bring and the movie, itself, was enjoyable. What I recall is that they played the THX trailer, sound trailer, DLP trailer and Technicolor trailer at the very end of the movie after the credits played.

If memory serves me correctly, didn’t this venue, or an adjacent place also have the now defunct Showscan operation? I thought I saw a Showscan poster at a theater next to this one, but it wasn’t showing anything when my friend and I saw JP3. I remember Showscan when they started out here in VA, back in …‘83 or so..70mm projected at 60fps and multi channel sound brought to life an almost life like experience that was something to behold.

ArchStanton007 on February 21, 2007 at 6:55 am

Is this theater patronized mostly by Universal tourists or area residents, or a liitle of both ???

jmarellano on February 21, 2007 at 6:01 am

This theatre is in the process of getting remodeled. Gone is the marquee, the west box office is closed, and stadium seating is going in. I dont know what is going to happen to the two auditoriums with balconies.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on November 4, 2006 at 3:33 pm

William, all of the former Loews Cineplex Theatres anre now called either AMC loews, AMC Star or AMC Magic Johnson. Examples include: AMC Loews Universal City 18 Theatre (Former Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18 Theatre), AMC Loews 34th Street 14 Theatre (Former Loews Cineplex 34th Street 14 Theatre), AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theatre (former Magic Johnson Harlem USA 9 Theatre), AMC Loews Shore 8 Theatre (former Cineplex Odeon Shore 8 Theatre), AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 10 Theatre (former Stanley Warner Route 4 Theatre).

William on November 2, 2006 at 6:21 am

The last three posts have stated that this theatre should be listed as a AMC house now.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 19, 2006 at 7:07 pm

It’s actually called AMC Loews Universal City 18 Theatre (or AMC Universal City 18 Theatre for short) since 1/27/2006

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 19, 2006 at 5:17 pm

Universal City Cinemas was designed by Mesbur+Smith Architects, of Toronto, Canada. There are three pictures of the interior on this page. The two largest auditoriums in the complex each opened with 750 seats, and the total seating of the complex was over 6000.

The theatre no longer carries the Cineplex Odeon name. It was called the Loews Universal City 18 for a while, but it is now called the Universal Studio Cinemas, and is operated by AMC, which has swallowed Loews.

William on April 11, 2006 at 9:54 am

The Cineplex Universal City 18 Theatres opened on June 30th. 1987.

It should now be listed as part of AMC.

jackhicko on May 25, 2005 at 12:56 am

When it opened, there was no CityWalk and the drive from Ventura Boulevard ran straight to the door of the theater into a circle drive. This was removed after a “drive-up box-office armed robbery” that took place one evening about 1990. When that area was made inaccessible to cars, the CityWalk seemed to be born.
Parking was normally to the right of the driveway (southeast, where I believe there is now a two-story parking structure with a pedestrian crosswalk). I would always go to late shows on the weekend and I often saw unusual wildlife when returning to my car at 2 am.
The first year, you had no access if you were a pedestrian. My sister and I learned this the hard way. We walked from a bus on Barham up to the theater…three one-way traffic lanes and NO sidewalk! We had to walk on the dirt incline!
When they started using the multi-level lot across from the box-office, they kept no record of the number of cars and you often were stuck turning around at the top. On the way down you would pass twenty cars headed to the same fate!
I started riding my bike…
Now I always park at the bottom and walk up…but I haven’t gone in the theater for over ten years. It was one of only three theaters in Los Angeles with coffee, but that hasn’t been strong enoough to lure me back. It was once my favorite theater.

RobertR on March 4, 2005 at 9:01 am

here is a marquee shot

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imaxman on January 16, 2005 at 1:26 am

I have heard from a regular inqusitive customer they have one of the poorest presentations in L.A. only two projectionist, and running damaged film, even IMAX 3D scratched prints, and do not care about customer satisfaction. This is not the place to see large format films. spend your money elseware, how can Universal let this happen on their property?

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on October 28, 2004 at 8:32 am

This was the talk of the town in 87 when I was a projectionist there. Since it was located on the Universal Studio lot (a venture between Universal and Cineplex Odeon), perfection in presentation was an absolute priority. There used to be six projectionists on duty at any one time, some from the theater union (150), others from the studio union (165). There were so many of us on duty because this was the only studio with a theater on-site. We would have to move prints from theater to theater, up and down stairs, as needed due to business. Today, they employ two projectionist. It is completely understaffed for the massive working environment. Eventually, in 88, I moved on to the Cineplex Odeon Marina Marketplace. There, with my partner Bob Seeling, we put on a great show in what was the best run projection booth in the city, the first computerized booth in the nation. Between regular showings and studio premieres, it was making tons of money. Finally, Loews bought the Marina Marketplace in 91 and threw us out. Oh well, guess that is another story aside from Universal. Sorry people…

br91975 on September 16, 2004 at 7:34 pm

When the Universal City Cinemas opened in 1987, it had more screens than any other theatre in the U.S.

longislandmovies on September 16, 2004 at 7:05 pm

one of the first giant size multiplex 18 theaters in the country