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Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatre Receives Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade Creating All-New State-of-the-Art Universal Cinema

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Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theatre receives multi-million dollar upgrade creating all-new state-of-the-art Universal Cinema debuting just in time for a slate of must-see holiday movies.

Universal CityWalk unwraps a multi-million dollar renovation of its AMC Theatre to create an all-new state-of-the-art Universal Cinema, debuting just in time for the holidays and offering movie-goers a chance to catch the latest seasonal blockbusters from the comfort of deluxe, recliner seating.

For film buffs, CityWalk has long been the epicenter for fans seeking an environment that matches the excitement of their favorite blockbuster movies. As part of if its bold revitalization, CityWalk now elevates the movie-going experience to new heights as the 18-screen and IMAX AMC Theatre updates with the most technologically advanced sight and sound achievements. A complete remodel of the split level structure includes the installation of deluxe recliner seats in 18 theatres—the equivalent of those found in Hollywood screening rooms—making every seat, the best seat in the house.

Each redesigned theatre has been fully upgraded with Christie RGB Laser projection, Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound and equipped with Christie Vive speakers for optimal audio performance. 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 next-generation 4K laser projection and 12-channel sound systems designed to enhance the entire movie-going experience and provide audiences with sharper, brighter, clearer and more vivid digital images than ever.

The Director’s Lounge Cocktail Bar—an all-new dedicated and stylish second level retreat, flanked by the upper level theatres—adds a charismatic new dimension to the space as it blends high-tech elegance with chic sophistication for casual pre- and post- movie-going fun. Beverages served at the Lounge can also be taken into the second level theatres.

Additionally, movie-goers can enjoy $5 Movie General Parking with the purchase of a movie ticket.

The below December holiday film release schedule offers movie-goers a diverse selection of blockbusters to enjoy at the new Universal Cinema, including:

  • Opening: Dec. 16
    Film: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen
  • Opening: Dec. 16
    Film: Collateral Beauty
    Cast: Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton
  • Opening: Dec. 16
    Film: Solace
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell
  • Opening: Dec. 21
    Film: Assassin's Creed
    Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons
  • Opening: Dec. 21
    Film: Passengers
    Cast: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen
  • Opening: Dec. 21
    Film: Sing
    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
  • Opening: Dec. 21
    Film: Patriots Day
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman
  • Opening: Dec. 23
    Film: Silence
    Cast: Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield
  • Opening: Dec. 23
    Film: Why Him?
    Cast: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch
  • Opening: Dec. 23
    Film: A Monster Calls
    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell
  • Opening: Dec. 25
    Film: Live By Night
    Cast: Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana
  • Opening: Dec. 25
    Film: Fences
    Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Since 1993, CityWalk has boosted the city’s rhythm through a foundation built on providing memorable entertainment experiences. With a series of dramatic enhancements currently underway that includes the introduction of new restaurants, shopping experiences, visually aesthetic design features and the completed state-of-the-art movie theatre renovation, the spotlight shines brightly on CityWalk as it continues to resonate as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.