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Metropolitan New York Sets

Location
Part of the Universal Studios Tour (see full page here).

The Bottom Line
Tour one of  the Universal lot’s most popular locations, the New York-Big City sets and neighboring Courthouse Square (as seen in the Back to the Future trilogy). These sets were most recently rebuilt in 2009 after a studio fire and have been seen in dozens of major motion pictures and television shows.

Courthouse Square

Famous For
As one of the most adaptable locales on the Universal lot, the Metropolitan sets are in almost constant use. Here are just a few famous productions, old and new, that have filmed there:

  • Topaz (1969)
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • Earthquake (1974)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978)
  • The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Annie (1982)
  • Murder, She Wrote (1984-1986)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Dick Tracey (1990)
  • Newsies (1992)
  • The X-Files (1993-2002)
  • Jingle All The Way (1996)
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • Austin Powers (1999)
  • 24 (2001-2010)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • Transformers (2007)
  • Changeling (2008)
  • Parenthood (2010-2015)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  • The Mindy Project (2012-present)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-present)
  • Ironman 3 (2013)

Intensity Factor
Nonexistent; one of the more common areas to spot active productions in-progress.

Best Views
Trams actually drive through the Metropolitan streets, schedule and production-permitting. This allows both sides great views of the sets. If you’re a big Back to the Future fan, the left side of the tram offers the best views of Courthouse Square.

Metropolitan New York Sets – photo gallery

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