Universal To Reopen Backlot This Summer
Wed, 04 Feb 2009 17:36:42
Universal Studios will reopen its backlot in mid-summer, a year after a fire that caused the lot to be temporarily closed down. The new and recreated sets will be featured on the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour, which has been upgraded with hi-def digital servers and flat-screen monitors, aiding in enhancing the behind-the-scenes experience of visiting a working studio. The new monitors will include commentary from filmmakers and stars, and clips from movies and TV productions.
The backlot features the Courthouse Square, Brownstone Street, and an enhanced New York Street. New locations, such as a gas station, firehouse, a London Street, and a modern urban cityscape, complete with glass and steel facade structures that will provide film and TV crews with the opportunity to replicate the modern city street in a controlled studio environment, have been erected. The new facilities will lend to ideal shooting conditions for contemporary productions and were designed with the aid of filmmakers and art directors. Additional sets are still in construction and will open in 2010.
Despite the fact that the fire raged over four acres, a majority of the famous sets were untouched, including the Bates Motel from Psycho, Western Streets, and European Streets. The reconstruction of the backlot allows those who take the studio tour to experience a panoramic view of the transformation taking place at the historic studio.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff