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June 4, 2008 |
With highly flammable heavy timber and plastics, close quarters, constant construction and use of open flames and pyrotechnics, movie studios have long been considered especially vulnerable for the types of fires that swept across the Universal Studios lot. Back in 1952, when an eight-acre chunk of the Warner Bros. back lot erupted in flames, Burt Lancaster, Ray Bolger and other actors were pressed into service to help firefighters battle the blaze.
March 18, 2010 |
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.
January 27, 2010 |
After nearly 19 months away from the spotlight, a new King Kong -- more grizzled and, definitely, ferocious -- is preparing to return to Universal Studios Hollywood. Since the old animatronic Kong was destroyed in a fire on the theme park's back lot, Hollywood's top visual effects wizards have been tinkering away in a giant hangar in Playa Vista to create a new, more realistic ape to terrify visitors who take the park's signature back lot studio tour. Inside the humongous drab-green building, Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson has led a team of film and theme park ride experts in creating a 3-D version of the hairy ape to replace the Kong that died in the June 2008 fire.
June 24, 2004 |
The Revenge of the Mummy ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is what the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland would be if hijacked by a band of hyperactive genius teen pranksters who'd spent way too much time playing dark-themed fantasy games and watching movies about cloth-wrapped corpses come to life. Not that the Mummy -- which opens Friday -- is as horrifying as the Universal publicity machine pretends.
September 16, 1993 |
Stepping up the pressure on rival Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida on Wednesday announced a multibillion-dollar expansion in Orlando that includes its second amusement park there, five hotels, a golf course and a CityWalk-style retail complex. Universal Studios Florida--jointly owned by MCA Inc.
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July 10, 1994 |
Where's Charlton Heston when you really need him? The actor could have been a big help Saturday afternoon when a Universal Studios Hollywood employee drove her car the wrong way--into the theme park's Red Sea attraction. The woman, who works in the studio's wardrobe department, was rescued unharmed from the middle of the lake after about an hour by county firefighters. Playing Moses in one of his most famous movie roles, Heston parted the waters of the mechanized "sea" on the studio's lot.
September 15, 1992 |
Hoping to scare up some new customers, Universal Studios Hollywood is going after the Halloween crowd. Backed by a strong promotional campaign, the theme park hopes to send a shiver through not only its guests but also executives of Knott's Berry Farm, who for two decades have had the lucrative Halloween business to themselves.
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July 12, 1996 |
Maybe they should have called it Backwash. Visitors to the Backdraft show at Universal Studios Hollywood got drenched Thursday afternoon when a pyrotechnic display accidentally triggered a powerful sprinkler system. The sprinklers cut loose during the show's finale, as 145 visitors standing on a balcony watched the warehouse below them explode into flames. No injuries were reported, but the audience was sprayed by a pipe system that pumps 1,000 gallons of water per minute.
June 1, 2012 |
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.
November 19, 1998
* Parade. It will begin to look a lot more like Christmas when grand marshal Robert Urich leads more than 100 television, film and music stars, floats, marching bands and more in the 67th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. The parade starts in front of Paramount Pictures on Melrose and ends at Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street. (323) 469-2337. * Festival.