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Universal Studios Hollywood Re-Opens Backlot After Massive 2008 Fire

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It was almost two years ago to the day when a fire broke out on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood that tore through historic sets used in countless productions and seen by millions of tourists over decades.

The blaze destroyed significant portions of the studio backlot and forced the retooling of some segments of the popular tram tour. Now the rebuilding of the backlot sets has been completed, and today the updated New York Street, comprised of 13 city blocks filled with buildings, was revealed at a star-powered event that included Steven Spielberg, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"I am so proud that the heart of the entertainment industry is right here in California, and I am committed to making sure it remains here," said the Governor. "The film industry is a crucial economic driver for our state, because it creates jobs and draws tourism, and that's exactly why I created an incentive program last year that is playing an important role in keeping television and film productions here in our state."