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Square reopens after Universal fire

June 18, 2009 7:42:16 AM PDT
The square made famous in the original "Back to the Future" movie reopens Thursday after burning more than a year ago in a massive backlot fire at Universal Studios.The Courthouse Square was destroyed in the fire, and construction crews worked feverishly to rebuild the set in time for the reopening ceremony

The fire was one year ago this month.

"Many of us who really love this place, for us it was a very sad occasion. This was truly a historic site," said Elliot Sekuler, a spokesman for Universal Studios.

The square has also appeared on "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Bruce Almighty" most recently.

The public will be able to see the newly constructed Courthouse Square in a tour on later Thursday.

Visitors won't just notice the new Courthouse Square. The tram buses on the tour have been refurbished. New modern improvements, like flat-panel displays, will be added to enhance the tour experience.

The "King Kong" set was also destroyed in the fire, but construction on that set has not been finished. It is expected to return sometime next year.

While construction continues at Universal Studios, so does the filming of new movies and TV shows.

"It's been a very creative process. We have world-renowned art directors who have been on the process for us, taking a lot of feedback from filmmakers that have shot here through the years, which has been fabulous," said Jeanne Cordova from Universal Studios.

"We want to take our time, and we want to make it right," she said.

The 2008 fire didn't destroy the movie magic at Universal. It has just recreated it for filmmakers, movie-goers and visitors, too.

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