Things to Do in the OC: Irvine Spectrum Center

A view of the front of Regal Cinemas during the evening.

The Irvine Spectrum is one of the most popular shopping centers and entertainment hubs in Orange County. With a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions, there is truly something for everyone. There’s even a recently renovated area for kids to hang out and play including climbing around the Luckey Climber sculpture and riding the carousel. Whether you’re looking to have a date night, a solo shopping spree, or just need a bite to eat, The Irvine Spectrum is a hot spot worth checking out. Here are just some of the hottest areas of the mall to enjoy:


Regal Movie Theater

This 21 seat movie theater is one of the most popular spots at the Irvine Spectrum. This behemoth of a cinema has enhanced options including IMAX, RPX, and 4DX, modern seating, an arcade, and of course that delicious buttery popcorn and seemingly endless candy selection. Check the latest movies and showtimes here


Giant Wheel

The name of this Ferris wheel is fitting, to say the least. The Giant Wheel is a popular attraction at the Irvine Spectrum not only because it’s just $5 to ride, but it’s a slow ride, allowing for amazing views at the top. This wheel is equipped with tens of thousands of color-changing LED lights that light up the night sky and make people ooh and aah. 


Tickets: $5 to be purchased at Guest Services



Sunday – Thursday 10 am -9 pm

Friday – Saturday 10 am – 11 pm

Irvine Improv

If you’re looking for some belly-busting laughs, the Irvine Improv is the perfect place to do so. It sits right across from the movie theater and within the vicinity to amazing restaurants including Umami Burger and Cucina Enoteca Irvine. Some of the A-list comedians that have performed at the Improv include David Spade, Norm Macdonald, Felipe Esparza, and Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz. 


Buy tickets here

The Carousel 

The carousel sits right in the heart of the Irvine Spectrum and is one of the most popular areas of the mall. Adults can relive their childhood dreams and kids can make their own with this classic amusement ride. 

Tickets: $3 to be purchased at Guest Services


Sunday – Thursday 10 am -9 pm

Friday – Saturday 10 am – 11 pm

Dave and Busters

Dave and Busters is a sports bar and restaurant, and an awesome way to spend a couple of hours of your day. D&B comes equipped with a fantastic Happy Hour selection, tons of arcade games, pool tables, 36 TV’s to watch your favorite sports, and private rooms for reserved events and parties. Once you step in, it’ll be hard to step out!



Sunday – Wednesday 11 am to 12 am

Thursday – Saturday 11 am to 1 am



The Irvine Spectrum has so much to offer including a large selection of popular restaurants, clothing & boutique stores, a candy shop, Nordstrom, and Target. Make sure to step foot in this amazing outdoor mall and get the experience!


Staying in Orange County and looking the perfect way to spend your day? The Hotel ATRIUM is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and just a hop, skip and a jump from the Irvine Spectrum. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County during your stay, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!


Contact Us

18700 macarthur boulevard
irvine, ca 92612

949.833.2770 | 800.854.3012

Go To Top
Sitemap |