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ArcLight Cinemas

Multiplex and Movie Theater
University City, San Diego
70 Tips and reviews
  • comfortable seats
  • dolby atmos
  • fancy
  • movies
  • good for dates
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  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie Zamora1 week ago
    This theatre is pretty cool. Saw Guardians of the Galaxy II in 3D. Special effects look soooo dang real!!!
  • Francis L.
    Francis LJanuary 30
    Been here 10+ times
    Cimema 7 is the one that is equipped with Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Valentina J.
    Valentina JosephineJuly 23, 2016
    concession line takes forever...AMC so much better efficiently and reclining chairs. this place is way overratedm
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithMay 31, 2016
    Not as plush as cinepolis but it was good to have assigned seating.
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Live this cinema! Make sure to grab a drink before you head in 😊
  • Tim D.
    Tim DengFebruary 14, 2016
    Very comfortable and classy! The only issue is that they aren't on Fandango but if online ticket purchasing isn't your thing it's no big deal
  • Briana R.
    Briana RSeptember 2, 2015
    The best part is buying the seat you want in advance.
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MoranJuly 16, 2015
    Great place to see a movie.
  • D. G.
    D. G.June 28, 2015
    Seats are comfortable but I didn't like the sound quality and lighting. Other than that is a very elegant place.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerJune 22, 2015
    My go to place to see movies.
  • rahul b.
    rahul bhuwalJune 13, 2015
    I get to chose my seat before buying the ticket.
  • Alanoud A.
    Alanoud AlsuhibaniMay 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Not my favorite but i like the carmel popcorn
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithJanuary 30, 2015
    First time here... It's ok, you're better off going to cinepolis
  • Jen M.
    Jen M-EJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Trust me, order the jalapeño cheese pretzel.
  • Joe
    JoeJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cost a little more but love the idea of reserve seating so you do not spend as much time waiting in line then the actual movie.
  • Colleen A.
    Colleen AlexanderNovember 2, 2014
    They have a bar and you pick your seat out ahead of time!! They're also super friendly and have good customer service skills!
  • Kim T.
    Kim TaylorSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Flying home
  • Giovani D.
    Giovani DelgadoAugust 17, 2014
    The sound is awesome
  • Mark G.
    Mark GahaganAugust 6, 2014
    Part of the new wave of theatres that has reserved seats, bars, and a moviegoer-friendly atmosphere. Recommended if you want to avoid the lines you will see at traditional theatres for big releases.
  • Petra W.
    Petra WillemseAugust 6, 2014
    Comfortable reserved seats. Great movie experience.
  • Al D.
    Al DizonMay 18, 2014
    Great place to watch a movie
  • Phillip L.
    Phillip LorenzoApril 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Screen 7 has Dolby ATMOS: aka fantastic sound.
  • Rizan M.
    Rizan MkMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    That was a really good movie even though كان في شغل هنود شوية !! and am now petrified to go on a plane 😂 !! #NonStop
  • Bruna L.
    Bruna LandeiraFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cold popcorn and no beer
  • Carly T.
    Carly ThompsonJanuary 21, 2014
    Don't bother go to AMC
  • eric c.
    eric chanthathoneDecember 29, 2013
    I know it's La Jolla and all, but man expect to pay an arm and a leg for food. Small cup of crap coffee is $4.75. Yikes....
  • Perla S.
    Perla SoteloDecember 2, 2013
    Need to get more employees and or speed up, spent too long waiting in line..,
  • Brian K.
    Brian KurlanOctober 16, 2013
    I enjoyed this brand new theatre as it is very clean.
  • John R.
    John ReederSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You get to choose your seats when you buy the tickets. This is very useful for midnight premiers.
  • Ibtisam
    IbtisamAugust 22, 2013
    The cinema is ok, I found good seats. They don't have a variety of snacks, well, at least they have popcorn! The movie was really good, though!
  • Aileen B.
    Aileen BrazeauAugust 19, 2013
    Great Big Movie Screen, excellent Dolby surround sound, and friendly staff.
  • Courtney S.
    Courtney SwanAugust 14, 2013
    Popcorn was terrible
  • Teresa B.
    Teresa Beach-koecherAugust 10, 2013
    More expensive than most
  • Deepak
    DeepakAugust 3, 2013
    Beware: They do everything possible to try and make you buy alcohol.
  • Lizzy
    LizzyJuly 21, 2013
    When you are walking to your theater listen to the music overhead. They play famous soundtracks from movies in the hallways. We heard music from 007 and Amelie!
  • Jazmin M.
    Jazmin McNishJuly 17, 2013
    The seats weren't too comfortable but it was nice to have reserved seating and not fight for a seat. The lobby was clean and they have a bar. Will definitely go back to try the 21 and over movies
  • Amy P.
    Amy PondJune 21, 2013
    I love this place and enjoy having a drink with my husband in the lobby. Clean, and a lot less expensive than Cineopolis!
  • J.P. G.
    J.P. GriffinJune 20, 2013
    ARClight is badass! Powered-3D Glasses
  • Abdulmohsen A.
    Abdulmohsen AleibanJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    don't miss now you see me
  • Turki B.
    Turki Bin naderJune 5, 2013
    Good movie to watch
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    ArcLight CinemasMay 31, 2013
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  • Krissy Kaye
    Krissy KayeMay 24, 2013
    Great Cinema!
  • Joe
    JoeMay 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    But ticket online same time & $
  • Matt P.
    Matt PotterMay 16, 2013
    Only certain theaters allow drinking on the weekends. Nice theatre but the bar/barista service is painfully slow.
  • Indigo T.
    Indigo ThomasMay 16, 2013
    The most organized movie theater!!
  • AJ L.
    AJ LMay 6, 2013
    Purchase your tix online to save $1. Enjoy! :)
  • Elephants E.
    Elephants EarfulApril 3, 2013
    Very nice movie theatre! Nice comfy seats too- p.s. there is a bar inside incase your movie gets boring ;)
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JohnMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best theater in the area for the buck.
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael Montano-DupontMarch 25, 2013
    Reserve your seats from the ArcLight app!
  • Starscream
    StarscreamMarch 14, 2013
    Sit up top for "popcorn on the lap" privacy. GUARANTEED!!!
  • Melia F.
    Melia FJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ quesadillas are great! The two waitstaff here at 5:30 were great. As a single woman sometimes I feel very ignored, but not here.
  • Amit
    AmitJanuary 20, 2013
    The mocha tastes almost like warm water, only tad worse.
  • Peggy G.
    Peggy GartinJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    No beer on tap, but they have Fat Tire, Stone Levitation & Stone IPA in bottles.
  • Andre N.
    Andre NiemeyerDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy the tickets online (you will save some money and more quickly get in), sign up for the rewards program, and have a Haagen Daas ice cream from the concession for me.
  • Jodi H.
    Jodi HDecember 26, 2012
    Cinepolis is much better!
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YardyDecember 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Not as good as the one in Hollywood but it will do.
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YardyDecember 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Download the app to get your tickets. You won't have to wait in line or fight for the best seats
  • Robin M.
    Robin McfetridgeDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sinks in the bathroom suck! You can't get the sensors to work so the faucet won't give you water. You can be there several minutes with soap in your hand but no running water.
  • Robin M.
    Robin McfetridgeDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The ticket kiosk has been out of paper the last two times I've been here so you have to track down someone to get you a ticket. This inefficient system may cause you to miss the movie you paid for.
  • Robin M.
    Robin McfetridgeDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get here really early because they won't seat you after the start time. No box office to sell you a ticket so you have to find someone to sell you a ticket.
  • AJ L.
    AJ LDecember 15, 2012
    Theater #7 has a larger screen and great sound quality.
  • Donna G.
    Donna GNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome theatre!! You get to pick your seats when buying the tix. Try and buy online in order to avoid the rush.
  • Jorge
    JorgeNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Row designation is on the side of the aisle. F is usually the ground level where you come in.
  • David M.
    David MarksNovember 24, 2012
    Try the caramel corn. They make it fresh!
  • Sammi S.
    Sammi SamanthasaurusNovember 24, 2012
    Buy tickets online or don't bother at all. Buying tickets here in person would drive any introvert into a panic attack.
  • Elijah N.
    Elijah NicolasNovember 19, 2012
    They serve illy coffee!
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PetzingerNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy your tickets online, sign up for their rewards program to save $1 on every ticket you buy. Reserve your seats ahead of time. Make sure you arrive on time. You won't be seated if you're late.
  • Kim
    KimNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Reserved seating so no waiting in line, plus a bar in the lobby!
  • Francis O.
    Francis OranteNovember 4, 2012
    Have a meal at the cafe bar. Great new menu!
  • Sergey N.
    Sergey NosovNovember 3, 2012
    The section closer to the screen is floor level as is the first row of the second section. Stadium style sitting starts from the second row of the second section.
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