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November 8, 2012

Universal Studios Hollywood Saying 'Hasta La Vista' To Terminator 2: 3-D

Universal City, CAUniversal Studios Hollywood has confirmed that its Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time movie show attraction will sign off on December 31, 2011 ending months of speculation that it would be closing. The park hasn't announced what will replace Terminator 2: 3-D, but Internet rumors suggest that the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction that opened this past summer at Universal Studios Florida will replace it.

Terminator 2-3D attraction Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood plans to close their Terminator 2: 3-D attraction on December 31, 2012. This show attraction based on the 1991 Terminator 2 film combines 3D technology with live stunt actors and special effects.

Terminator 2: 3-D attraction opened at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1999, three years after it debuted at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. A third version opened at the Universal Studios Japan theme park in 2001.

The 12-minute film-based show attraction with live stunt actors is based on the 1991 feature film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The movie created for the attraction was directed by James Cameron and reunited the cast of the 1991 film, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong.

Universal spent $60 million creating the attraction – $24 million for the film and $36 million for the venue that houses it – making it the most expensive film per minute in moviemaking history. This unique 3-D format uses six interlocked projectors running 70mm film to project the images on three silver screens, that wrap-around the audience. Members of the audience wear polarized glasses to view it.

The remaining Terminator 2: 3D attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Japan are expected to remain in operation for the foreseeable future. Universal Studios Florida recently announced their plan to open a replica of the Transformers 3-D The Ride next summer, the same ride that debuted at the Universal Studios Hollywood park this year.

Terminator 2: 3D image courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood.

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