Universal Studios to reopen backlot
Production expected to resume by midsummerUniversal Studios will reopen its backlot to filming this summer, just a year after the fire that destroyed the Brownstown Street, Courthouse Square and the King Kong attraction.
By midsummer, production is expected to resume on those outdoor sets as well as an enhanced New York Street. New locations will include a gas station, a firehouse, a London Street and a modern urban cityscape, with glass and steel facade structures. The contemporary cityscape will be the largest modern urban backlot shooting location in Los Angeles, according to the studio.
The new and re-created sets also will be featured on the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour.
Additional sets will remain in construction and are planned to open in 2010.
The majority of the studio's standing sets and locations were untouched by the fire and have remained in use since the fire.
Beginning June 1, "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" will debut in a newly renovated sound stage located on the Universal Studios lot and will become a part of the Studio Tour.