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Universal Studios Hollywood has confirmed that the updated version of its Special Effects Stage show will debut on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

The park's website lists the return date for the show, the previous version of which closed on April 11 to allow construction of a new ride based on the Transformers movies to begin. The new Special Effects Stage show will be housed in the Castle Theater, which was previously home to the ill-fated Creature from the Black Lagoon musical show.

The special effects show had previously focused on hands-on special effects of the type seen in Universal's classic horror movies, but will now feature modern techniques such as CGI, motion capture and 3-D. The interactive elements of the earlier Special Effects shows, with audience members being invited to take part in the "filming" of scenes, are likely to be retained although there is no confirmation of this from Universal as yet.

In addition to the updated Special Effects Stage, Universal Studios Hollywood will also see the return of King Kong to its Studio Tour on July 1. The new King Kong 360 3-D soundstage will become the largest 3D attraction in the world when it opens.

The Transformers attraction that is being built on the site of the old Special Effects Stages was originally scheduled to open in 2011, although recent rumors have suggested a 2012 completion date. It will mix 3D, high-definition video footage with robotics and a moving vehicle, which suggests it will reuse technology from the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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