Universal Cinema

100 Universal City Plaza,
Universal City, CA 91608

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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.

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 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

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

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 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.

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

Cliffs on December 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

The IMAX screen is now sporting Laser projection.

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2012 at 10:54 am


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 on January 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm


Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

The IMAX theatre has switched to an all reserved seating system. Switch happened in Summer 2010. The remaining theatres are still first come first served.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

AMC dropped the Loews moniker from this theatre’s name a while ago. LA Times ads along with AMC’s ad lists it as “AMC Citywalk 19 with IMAX.”

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 ???