Universal Cinema

100 Universal City Plaza,
Universal City, CA 91608

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Opened July 1, 1987 by Cineplex Odeon, the Universal City Cinemas contain 18 “regular” motion picture auditoria and one IMAX screen, with a total seating capacity of 5,485. The theatre is situated inside Universal’s popular City Walk entertainment and retail complex at Universal Studios.

Since 2007, operated by AMC. In December 2016 it was renamed Universal Cinema.

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davt
davt on June 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I worked there pre opening and opening day until 1988. The management was cool, all canadian guys. Exception was on Italian guy Rosseti. The guy was not very nice. Their big sell was the Cafe. No other theater had anything like that. The coolest guy I met there was actor Brian Thompson. He used to come in to see movies. I think he was working a stunt show at Universal studios at the time. The guy was very polite and cool. I let him in a couple of times for free. LOL. The thing that struck me about him was whenever he came to the theater he remembered my name. Telly Savalas used to come around quite a bit during summer. The guy was a true gentleman. I met Joel Schumacher and Richard Donner there as well. I escorted them to the theater playing Lost Boys. They asked me if I new anything about audience reaction to the film. I told them people loved it. Nice guys. All of them very friendly and down to earth. The theater today has been repainted, and the interior is the same (design wise). The area around the theater has changed dramatically. None of it was there back in 87-88. I was sixteen. and it was a fun place to work to earn some beach money.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

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Cliffs
Cliffs on December 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

The IMAX screen is now sporting Laser projection.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 16, 2016 at 6:21 pm

When I worked at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City Cinemas in 1991, the seating was as follows:

1: 787 (607 on the main floor, 180 in the balcony) 2 and 13: 283 3, 4, 11 and 12: 280 each 5 and 10: 324 each 6: 221 7: 220 8: 219 9: 225 14: 780 (612 on the main floor, 168 in the balcony) 15: 174 16: 175 17: 173 18: 177

1, 6, 10 and 14 were 70mm capable. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 14 were THX certified.

When I worked for AMC in 2013-2014, the seat counts had changed considerably:

1 and 14: 376
2, 3, 4, 11, 12 and 13: 163 each
5 and 10: 217 each
6, 8 and 9: 131 each
7: 130
15 and 17: 98 each
16 and 18: 93 each
IMAX: 369

hdtv267
hdtv267 on July 23, 2016 at 6:06 am

to follow up on Cliffs post- yes there is LASER IMAX at this venue. Received reports from a dear friend who attended a screening of “Star Trek- Beyond' with his husband and raved about the sound and picture quality. The image filled the screen and great time was had.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 9, 2016 at 9:07 am

Looks like this theatre has been renovated and officially renamed Universal Cinema. They’ve added reserved seating, recliners and all auditoriums are now running Laser Projection.

Giles
Giles on December 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm

it also sounds that ALL the auditoriums are outfitted to playback in Dolby Atmos as well

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

Went here on 12/27. Fabulous looking redo. Dolby Atmos is indeed equipped in all the regular auditoriums.

muviebuf
muviebuf on December 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

I guess those recent upgrades don’t come cheap. It is now $17.75 (not including any online purchase surcharges)for a general admission ticket in the evenings for a non 3D show.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

Price is just about $1 more than the Arclight that’s a few miles away…and STILL a ton cheaper than El Capitan and Chinese.

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