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- Katy Perry serves up new single 'Bon Appetit'
- Kim Kardashian says she's no longer materialistic
- Caitlyn Jenner memoir creates a new rift in the family
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- A new Haim LP is on the way (and a new video's here)
Steven Spielberg and Jordan Peele attended the inauguration of Universal CityWalk's newly revamped AMC movie theater Thursday night, now dubbed Universal Cinema after a multimillion-dollar renovation.
"Universal Studios has been a part of my life for as long as I can actually remember my life," Spielberg told the crowd. "I am happy to be here tonight to join the official opening of Universal Cinema, where moviegoers have the rare opportunity to see movies at the very place where movies are actually made."
Filmmaker Will Packer ("Straight Outta Compton") and producer Jason Blum ("Get Out") also were in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured a Universal Pictures film reel in lieu of the traditional red ribbon.
NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer and Universal Studios Hollywood President and COO Karen Irwin delivered opening remarks before ushering the media inside for a tour of the new facility.
"We wanted to create a venue that was equal to how filmmakers watch movies," Meyer said. "The transformation of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is the result of a 25-year comprehensive blueprint."
The theater is the first in the U.S. to combine Christie laser projection, Christie Vive audio and Dolby ATMOS surround sound and also offers reserved recliner seating in all 18 of its auditoriums.
The split-level structure features a Director's Lounge Cocktail Bar on the upper level with a full-service bar in place of a typical concession stand. Guests are allowed to bring their drinks into the second-level auditoriums.
Auditoriums were designed as "black boxes" with black walls, speakers, seats and floors, allowing for minimal light interference. The renovation also included the addition of more than 700 speakers with an average of 40 per auditorium.
With Universal Studios' production lot and filming locations just down the road from CityWalk, guests now can watch a movie and then potentially tour the lot where it was filmed.