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A former employee filed a $10-million lawsuit against the MCA/Universal Studios Hollywood tour on Thursday claiming management "tolerated and fostered" sexual harassment of female employees on the grounds of the theme park for nearly a decade.
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."
January 22, 2003 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Universal Studios Hollywood has quietly raised the price of admission by $2 to $47 after a similar increase this month at Walt Disney Co. theme parks in Anaheim. The price increases at Universal and the two Disney parks -- Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure -- come as the two theme park companies are reinvesting in attractions and gearing up for stronger attendance in coming months. Universal, a unit of Vivendi Universal, raised the admission price five days after Disney's move.
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.
December 22, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The seemingly endless stream of bad weather forced several Southern California theme parks to close Wednesday and others to restrict hours or limit access to certain areas. SeaWorld San Diego , Legoland California and Six Flags Magic Mountain were closed Wednesday due to inclement weather. Knott's Berry Farm , which closed early Tuesday because of the rain, was open for business Wednesday. Disneyland was operating on a regular schedule Wednesday, but Disney California Adventure planned to close an hour early (at 9 p.m.)
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