Variety reports that Universal Studios has elected to demolish the soundstage where the classic 1925 movie Phantom of the Opera
was filmed- and Transformers The Ride is involved. Keep reading for more details on how, directly or indirectly, Michael Bay ruins everything.
Cited in the decision to demolish the building (where Lon Chaney Sr., The Man of a Thousand Faces, starred in one of his most famous parts) was the proximity of the building to Transformers: The Ride
- the noise from which makes filming there prohibitive. After a petition signed by 2,000 people, Universal promises to make every effort to preserve the Phantom
sets if not the building itself. From Variety:
The studio, however, said that the “difficult decision” to remove the stage, built in 1924, came down to logistical challenges. For one, noise is an issue, as it is located just next to its Transformers theme park attraction.
“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,” Universal said in the newsletter. The area will be cleared to make way for theme park expansion.
Universal said that they were in the midst of a multi-million dollar preservation effort to save the set from “Phantom of the Opera,” above, and move it to another location. The studio is in discussions with museums and institutions, hoping that it will be accessible for public view wherever it ends up. The studio says that 50% or less of the set is from its original construction, with sections altered from the 30s to the 60s.
“Initially, we were unsure if the set, with portions that are nearly ninety years old, could be removed and reassembled in a new home,” the studio said in the newsletter. “Now, with the help of a team of expert preservationists, our own archivists, forensics and some amazing 21st century tools like three-dimensional imaging, we have begun the delicate and precise work of ensuring that much of this set becomes accessible and a lasting part of film history.”