University Town Center

4245 Campus Drive,
Irvine, CA 92612

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Operated by: Regal Entertainment Group

Previously operated by: Edwards Cinemas

Firms: BB Architects

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Edwards University Town Center 6

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 949.854.8818

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University Town Center

The Edwards University Town Center opened on June 29, 1984 with one of the big hits of the summer, “Ghostbusters". In the years since it has evolved from the mainstream into an art house playing foreign, independent and limited release films. It location directly across the street from the University of California, Irvine and surrounding housing gives it built-in audience, although they also attract from other areas of Orange County. The auditoriums, which are non-stadium and very roomy, have a nice slope, which makes viewing very enjoyable,

The University 6 and Edwards Westpark 8 in Irvine, which screens the same type of films have a very loyal following. Sometimes at the University 6 the more popular films, such as “Black Swan", will play on three screens.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Ron,not a lot of 6 plexes left.

rivest266 on November 30, 2019 at 11:37 am

Grand opening ad posted.

Flix70 on February 23, 2021 at 9:45 am

The Uni, as locals called it, was Irvine’s second movie theater and opened four years after the Woodbridge 5.

Even though it was at the far end of town, it didn’t stop my Irvine High School buddies and I from coaxing our parents to drop us off on a Friday or Saturday night for such flicks as “Commando,” “Predator” & U2’s “Rattle & Hum.”

I even recall taking my one and only bus ride there in the summer of ‘87 to see “Dragnet” with Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks. Other memorable '80s films included “Die Hard,” “Big” Lethal Weapon 2" & “Christmas Vacation.”

Came back in the ‘90s for “Misery,” “Ed Wood,” “Speed” & “Pulp Fiction” (with a full crowd opening weekend).

The Uni later became a popular indie art house in the Regal chain and was soon booking OC exclusives. Unfortunately, the theater has an absolutely terrible parking lot they share with a Trader Joe’s, Target and every other retailer & business office in the center. Most close-by parking is 45 minutes or less & I can’t tell you how many movies I’ve given up on seeing because I couldn’t find a parking space. By far, the worst parking lot of all of Regal’s OC locations.

Exclusives should be at the nearby Westpark, which has its own sprawling, dedicated parking lot.

Flix70 on December 11, 2022 at 8:50 am

Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning “Greed is Good” drama “Wall Street” opened at the Uni 35 years ago today (Dec. 11, 1987).

raymondraydm on August 5, 2023 at 8:29 pm

I went from the Edwards Woodbridge 5 as General Manager to the Edwards University 6 when it opened in June of 1984. Of course we opened with Ghostbusters. Also one of Me Edwards favorite movies was Blazing Saddles. We played that on opening weekend. Mr Edwards had a 35 MM Projector at his home online island. He brought in his own 35Mm print of Blazing Saddles!

raymondraydm on August 5, 2023 at 8:32 pm

In that picture of Edwards University posted on this website in front of the box office there is a planter. Mr Edwards loved fountains. When I opened the theater in 1984 we had a beautiful fountains where that planter is in the picture

cinema OC
cinema OC on May 8, 2024 at 1:56 pm

The Regal UTC location is a hidden gem of a theater, especially after the complete overhaul a few years ago. It’s one of two Regals in south OC that has recliners in every auditorium at no surcharge (the other being Kaleidoscope Mission Viejo). This location also accepts Apple Pay at the self-service ticketing kiosks, something I haven’t seen at any other Regal I’ve visited.

This location doesn’t seem to do a lot of business though considering some notable drawbacks, including the parking situation. All the spots in the UTC parking lot are time-restricted to prevent UCI students from parking there and going to class. The spots near the theater are timed for two hours, which seems like not enough for a moviegoing experience. I’m not sure how strictly they enforce this limit since I always park at the UCI garages instead. There’s also the fact that this is the smallest Regal location in the county with only six screens, significantly limiting the selection compared to nearby theaters like Regal Irvine Spectrum (21 screens) or AMC Tustin (14 screens).

Still, though, it’s a great place to watch a movie for those not hindered by the aforementioned flaws.

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