AMC Universal CityWalk 19

100 Universal City Plaza,
Universal City, CA 91608

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moviebuff82 on September 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Happy belated 30th!!! Looking at the pictures of when it first opened it was ahead of its time. The success of this theater laid the groundwork for other megaplexes, although it lacked stadium seating when it first opened.

TristanM2002 on September 30, 2017 at 11:48 am

I’ve been to this theater both when it was still AMC Universal Citywalk and when it was renamed Universal Cinema. Back when it still had it’s old name, I went to this theater on a trip to California 2 years ago, and saw ‘'Ant-Man’‘(in IMAX 3D) and ’‘Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation’‘(I really liked both films, but I thought that ’‘Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation’‘ was a bit better than ’‘Ant-Man’‘, but I think both of them are really good films) in their IMAX theater. Their screen was large and huge and had amazing sound, but that was nothing to the huge renovation it got. When I next went to this theater this summer(when it was renamed Universal Cinema), it really had a massive renovation. Recliners, some auditoriums featuring Dolby Atmos sound, and a huge overhaul to their IMAX theater, now with the IMAX Laser system. I saw ’‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’‘(in IMAX 3D) in their new IMAX theater, and wow. What an awesome experience it was. Not only was the movie awesome(it’s one of my favorite films of 2017 so far), the screen was still massive, but the image quality and sound got a major overhaul. The image quality looked a lot better than the old IMAX theater, and the sound. Wow. EXTREMELY LOUD, BUT VERY SATISFYING. If I went back to California, I would definitely go to this theater again. It’s awesome and very worth it.

Lionel on August 23, 2017 at 6:34 pm

I’ve posted pictures of the cinema when it opened in the eighties (exterior, lobby and large auditorium). Credits to the Mesbur+Smith Architect office, who designed the original complex. Pictures are copyrighted Cineplex Corporation Corporation, photographer name unknown.

jeffpiatt on July 12, 2017 at 5:23 am

it’s new official name is “Universal Cinema an AMC Theatre” according to it’s official yelp page. But AMC’s internal systems including the website still use the AMC Citywalk 19 name.

moviebuff82 on June 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Ok. I think the theme park is more popular than the cinema here. AMC should also renovate the Universal cinema in Orlando too.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

The AMC listing online may still say AMC Universal CityWalk 19…but there are photos in the Photos tab that clearly show this theatre’s name as Universal Cinema. A name update – with an AKA – should settle the confusion.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

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 5:02 pm

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 4:35 pm

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

Giles on December 19, 2016 at 5:05 am

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 5:07 pm

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 17, 2016 at 1:21 am

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 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

The IMAX screen is now sporting Laser projection.

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

davt on June 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

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 11:56 pm

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 1, 2010 at 10:44 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 9:25 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 11:59 pm

Zip code is 91608

longislandmovies on December 1, 2007 at 5:32 am


tcjarvik on December 1, 2007 at 4:55 am

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 31, 2007 at 5:04 am

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 5, 2007 at 2:42 am

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 29, 2007 at 12:34 am

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 29, 2007 at 12:22 am

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.