The stars were out last night at Universal CityWalk for the official grand opening of the brand new state of the art movie theater; the Universal Cinema. The new theater acts as the centerpiece of this year’s huge revitalization of CityWalk Hollywood and marked the first collaborative effort between AMC and Universal Creative (the same group responsible for your favorite Universal attractions) in providing the most up to date, and comfortable movie going experience possible. Universal rolled out the red carpet for some big names to honor the event!
The opening ceremony took place at the 5 Towers concert stage just to the right of the main entrance of the theater. The ceremony started with Universal Studios Hollywood’s new COO making her first public appearance at a major press event and discussed the optimistic future this property holds for both the theme park and the movie studio.
“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 Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “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.”
The Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, Ron Meyer then came out to talk about what Universal Studios Hollywood means to the economy as well as the current 20 year plan turning this property into a world class facility for production companies and guests alike. He followed his speech up by introducing the event’s special guests. Jordan Peele, Will Packer, Jason Blum and of course Steven Speilberg who spoke for a few short moments about what Universal Studios Hollywood means to him and his successful career in the film industry.
Watch Steven talk to fans of Universal Studios Hollywood below:
Steven’s Speech was followed by film strip cutting and thus, the Universal Cinema was opened! Feel free to take a closer look inside the Universal Cinema HERE as we were given a special behind the scenes tour recently.
Explore the Universal Cinema on opening night!
Experience the FULL Grand Opening Ceremony below!
The new Universal Cinema is just a small part of a much grander vision Universal has been implementing at CityWalk the past year. Within the past 12 month’s we’ve seen a number of new additions including LuDo Bird, Dongpo Kitchen, Margaritaville, Blaze Pizza, VooDoo Donuts, and soon Menchies Frozen Yogurt and Snow Monster will be adding a chill to CityWalk with their frozen offerings in the coming months. We cannot wait to see what else is in store for CityWalk as the shopping, dining district continues to introduce new and world class offerings.