PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Stage to Be Destroyed
According to Variety, as Universal looks to improve and modernize its production facilities and California theme park, the company has made the decision to demolish Stage 28, one of its oldest still in operation. However, despite the decision, Universal will relocate, and maintain, a 90-year-old set piece from the original 1925 silent film adaptation of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Though an online petition has been created to prevent the demolition, the stage is right next to the theme park's Transformers ride, which creates so much noise that filming has become difficult.
In a newsletter sent out to employees, Universal said, "It was determined that the amount of investment needed to upgrade this stage will be better used in the future to bring additional production capabilities to the lot."
The company is reportedly looking for a museum to house the PHANTOM set, so that it can be accessible to the general public. Read the original article here.