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Irvine Spectrum Center
Irvine Spectrum Center (2013) 12.jpg
"Giant Wheel" at the Irvine Spectrum Center as seen from across I-5
Location Irvine, California, US
Opening date November 22, 1995
Developer The Irvine Company
Architect Perkowitz & Ruth (Phase 1)
RTKL Associates (Phase 2)
B.A.R. Architects (Phase 3) Unknown Architect ( phases 4-6)
No. of stores and services 184
No. of anchor tenants 2

The Irvine Spectrum Center is an outdoor shopping center developed by the Irvine Company, located on the southeast edge of Irvine, California, US. The mall features an Edwards 21-screen movie theater.[1] Built over a 10-year period, the first phase of the center opened in 1995 and the second phase followed in 1998. The third phase was completed in 2002. The fourth and fifth phases were built and completed between 2005 and 2006. The mall is used for establishing shots of the fictional "Mall of Miami" in the Disney Channel television series Austin and Ally.


The stage for Disney Magical Holiday Lights

Planning of the development of the area began in 1985. In 1989, the Irvine Company completed two 15-story office towers at the site. The retail and entertainment portion of the development, then known as the "Entertainment Center at the Irvine Spectrum Center", began construction in 1993. This first phase of the mall opened in 1995 and consisted of Edwards Cinemas' 21-screen multiplex, Oasis Food Court, and GameWorks.[2] The second phase opened in 1998.The mall's carousel was added in 2001. In 2002, the mall's third phase opened, adding a "Giant Wheel" Ferris wheel. Smaller expansions have been added since, such as the Clock Court restaurants and a children's play area. 2016 saw the completion of 200 Spectrum Center, an office tower on the northwestern edge of the property, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. At 323 feet tall, 200 Spectrum Center is the tallest building in Orange County.[3] Since 2003, a skating rink has been offered during the winter months, adjacent to the Giant Wheel.

Edwards Cinemas[edit]

The 21-screen movie theater was once the largest movie theater in the western United States.[citation needed] During development, the Edwards company code-named it "The Big One". This remained the movie theater's nickname for a while thereafter until other theaters eclipsed its screen count, particularly AMC's 30-screen complex at The Block at Orange. The theater bore over two miles of pink and purple neon lights.


The Irvine Company announced in 2016 that the former Macy's building will be torn down and turned into 20 new stores, to be open in late 2018. [4]


An illuminated fountain, designed after the Alhambra's Court of the Lions
The carousel
A parking structure entrance showing the number of available spaces

The unusual architecture of the property is based on the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, figuring most prominently in the center's second phase.[3]

A white obelisk, which at night features the word "SPECTRUM" vertically projected onto it, is located on the northern corner near the freeway. It contains a cell phone and television tower.

The Irvine Spectrum Center has a Ferris wheel called Giant Wheel crafted in Italy,[citation needed] as well as a carousel fabricated in San Francisco.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Irvine Spectrum Center Movies". Irvine Spectrum Center. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Huffstetter, P.J. (22 June 1998). "Game for a Fresh Look". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
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Coordinates: 33°39′01″N 117°44′37″W / 33.650378°N 117.743504°W / 33.650378; -117.743504