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March 7, 2003 | Robert Niles
E.T. is about to phone home for the last time. Universal Studios Hollywood will close its E.T. Adventure ride Wednesday. No special ceremony is planned to mark the last day at the attraction, which features "flying bicycles" that take visitors through scenes from the 1982 Steven Spielberg hit. The ride opened as part of the theme park's lower lot expansion in May 1991. Look for a new ride at E.T.'s location in 2004, according to Universal spokesman Eliot Sekuler.
May 2, 1997
Cathy A. Nichols, a 22-year veteran of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Universal Studios Recreation Group. Her appointment fills a key position for Universal Studios because the entertainment conglomerate has identified the theme park business as a prime area for strategic investment. The company is a unit of Seagram Co.
May 17, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Let them eat . . . well . . . everything. Some 75 Los Angeles-area chefs will whip up tapas, Chinese food, cheesecake, ice cream, espresso, sausage and much, much more at the ninth annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Los Angeles smorgasbord and fund-raiser Saturday night at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event is part of a circuit of Share Our Strength events taking place nationwide, with 100% of the proceeds going to hunger-relief programs.
July 28, 1999
Alfred Hitchcock made Janet Leigh film the bloody shower scene in "Psycho" 70 times before he was satisfied. Even so, Leigh still remembers the luminary filmmaker as one of the easiest people to work with in Hollywood. "Hitchcock was always so well-prepared that filming with him was pleasant no matter how scary the material," said Leigh, who starred in the 1960 Hitchcock classic. "He's made some of the best pictures ever. You just can't say enough about him."
April 11, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The latest piece in Universal Studios Hollywood's $1.6-billion expansion debuted Friday with dancing, music, speeches by dignitaries and swarms of minions. The theme park's newest attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, was unveiled to the members of the news media and special guests; it opens to the public Saturday. The opening is set to take advantage of the crowds of school-age children and college students vacationing in Southern California during spring break. The ride is based on the characters of the two "Despicable Me" movies, which have grossed about $1.5 billion.
February 28, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
SeaWorld closed Friday amid the strong storms that have hit Southern California. "Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority," tweeted Clyde the sea lion. Extreme weather conditions (heavy rain & strong winds): We're closed today (2/28). Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority. - Clyde Sea Lion (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) February 28, 2014 But if you still feel like heading to a theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood was open Friday and handing out free hot chocolate and coffee for those willing to brave the rain -- and the traffic -- for the Transformers and Shrek 4-D rides.
September 7, 1999
* Crane Aerospace, Burbank, a division of Crane Co., announced promotions at two of its operating units. Greg Ward has been named president of Hydro-Aire Inc. Ward joined Hydro-Aire as vice president of manufacturing in 1993 and most recently was senior vice president, operations and customer satisfaction. Elise Kopczick has been named president of Lear Romec. For the past four years, Kopczick had been vice president, people and processes at Hydro-Aire.
The battle for Southern California theme park supremacy intensified Monday as MCA Inc. announced that two of Hollywood's great icons, "E.T." and Lucille Ball, will be saluted with new attractions as part of a $100-million expansion of Universal Studios Hollywood. MCA executives said the changes will bring tour visitors closer to the filmmaking process. Universal plans to revamp its tram service, cutting the ride from 2 hours to 45 minutes.
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