New Year's Eve is one of the either/or holidays.
In fact, the final day of the year is probably more either/or-y than most celebrations: Either people are going to go out and do it up, sequins and Champagne-style, or they're going to get comfy, get under a blanket, and get a stack of movies lined up on the DVR.
Universal CityWalk has found that rare between place, and it brims with what Universal Studios has done so memorably over the decades: Create memorable monster and sci-fi and heart-tugging alien films, the kind of flicks that have regularly busted blocks.
Five classic Universal films are set to screen on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Universal CityWalk. Meaning you can both go out and stay in, sort of. Right? You're feeling us here.
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Want to take a guess as to the quintet? Well, you're correct on the first guess: "Back to the Future" is one of the movies. (The 1985 time-traveler is pictured above, after all.)
There will need to be a few of the vintage monsters in the mix, since Universal invented the fearsome form, and there are: "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" will both be in the house, or at least on the big screen. They're the double-feature of the bunch, note.
As for the last two films? Think Velociraptors and Reese's Pieces. "Jurassic Park" and "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" are the final two classics to fill the New Year's Eve movie event.
If you're worried that you'll be mid-film when 2015 officially arrives, fret not: All movies start at 9 p.m., so you'll be out by 11:30 p.m. A DJ dance party, comp soft drink, and other goodies await on the second level of the AMC Theatres.
So, how to choose what flick you'll see? The alien, the dinos, the time travel, or the double-bill of 1930s monsters?
And will the movie you see predict the kind of 2015 you'll have?
Two things are certain: It's fun to see a flick right where it was made or conceived, and all of these films count on that bill. And two? If you wanted a hybrid of going out on New Year's Eve, and watching movies comfily, this could be your sweet cinema spot.
Note: There will be no fireworks or outdoor concerts on Universal CityWalk this New Year's Eve, due to the ongoing construction (hello, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and other projects to come).