Will Packer, Steven Spielberg, Karen Irwin, Ron Meyer, Jason Blum & Jordan Peele

As part of its ongoing revitalization process, CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood reopened its iconic movie theatre, UNIVERSAL CINEMA, in partnership with AMC Theatres, on April 20. On hand for the festivities were iconic filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum and Will Packer, as well as Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Ron Meyer and Universal Studios Hollywood President & COO Karen Irwin.

“The new UNIVERSAL CINEMA is a spectacular place to enjoy blockbuster films and we’re thrilled to have such acclaimed filmmakers join us to commemorate the occasion,” said Irwin. “As The Entertainment Capital of L.A., we’ve entertained guests for generations, taking them behind-the-scenes of movie-making and placing them in the heart of the action with our incredible attractions, so it’s only fitting that we create the ultimate movie-going experience giving fans access to a movie theatre where they watch films in Hollywood screening rooms the same way filmmakers do.”

Each redesigned theatre has been fully upgraded with the most technologically advanced sight and sound achievements. The UNIVERSAL CINEMA represents the first multiplex in the United States to incorporate Christie laser projection, Christie Vive audio sound system and Dolby ATMOS with recliner seating to deliver maximum-impact movie presentations in 18 auditoriums. The installation of new state-of-the art screens, perforated to enable 360 degree audio, complement the overall enhancements.

The recent upgrade to the IMAX theatre features IMAX’s next-generation 4K laser projection and 12-channel sound systems designed to enhance the entire movie-going experience and provide an audience with sharper, brighter, clearer and more vivid digital images than ever.

The Director’s Lounge Cocktail Bar—an all-new upscale and stylish second-level retreat, flanked by the upper level theatres—adds a charismatic new dimension to the space for casual pre- and post-movie-going fun.  Beverages served at the lounge can also be taken into the second level theatres.

Moviegoers can enjoy $5 parking at CityWalk with the purchase of a movie ticket, and of course, just steps away is all the excitement of Universal Studios Hollywood. Flying high on the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead attraction, and Fast & Furious Supercharged, the park’s expansion is still in progress with the promised arrival of attractions based on Nintendo properties.

CityWalk guests continue to be surprised by exciting venues like Voodoo Doughnut, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Dongpo Kitchen.