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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
In the midst of one of the worst recessions in decades, tiny beach-side amusement parks along the California coast are reporting robust business and big crowds while most of the state's big theme parks have seen shrinking revenue. Small, privately owned seaside parks, such as Pacific Park at the pier in Santa Monica, Belmont Park in San Diego and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, don't have multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns or 3-D attractions as do Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
This post has been corrected The top theme parks in North America enjoyed an estimated 2.9% increase in attendance in 2011, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla., accounting for about half of that rise. The attendance estimate was released Thursday by the Burbank-based Themed Entertainment Assn., a trade group for designers of theme parks, casinos, museums, zoos and other entertainment venues. The assessment is based on an annual estimate of theme park crowds by AECOM, a Los Angeles engineering and consulting firm.
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