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Areas of Universal Studios Hollywood's backlot destroyed in last year's fire are set to re-open in mid-summer.

New images posted by West Coast Thrills show reconstruction progressing at a rapid pace. Universal has promised that the famous Courthouse Square (from the "Back to the Future" movies), Brownstone Street and New York Street will all return. In addition, new sets will include a London street and a "modern urban cityscape".

As well as being working film sets, the backlot areas form part of the theme park's Studio Tour attraction. Since the destruction last year of many of the areas, the tour has been running in a shortened format - although it still features a large number of working film sets and staged events such as an encounter with the mechanized shark from "Jaws".

The Courthouse Square area was badly damaged during the fire last June, which burnt the New York Street set to the ground and also destroyed a sound stage which studio tours passed through to meet "King Kong".

TPT will keep potential Universal visitors updated on any announcement of a firm opening date for the revived backlot sets.


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