Paley Center Temporary Closing. The Paley Center and its offices in New York and Los Angeles will be closed starting Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5 pm through Tuesday, March 31, with the possibility of a lengthier closure.

Los Angeles, New York – The Paley Center for Media announces that the Paley Center and offices in New York and Los Angeles will be closed starting Friday, March 13 at 5 pm through Tuesday, March 31, with the possibility of a lengthier closure.

Paley Center announcement, March 13, 2020:

To Our Paley Center Community,
As you are aware, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to remain of the utmost public concern. For several weeks now, the Paley Center has monitored the situation closely, staying in daily contact with local, state, and federal partners, as well as following the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the guidelines of the local health department.


In light of the most recent news developments, and out of an abundance of caution, the Paley Center and our offices in New York and Los Angeles will be closed starting Friday, March 13 at 5 pm through Tuesday, March 31, with the possibility of a lengthier closure. While there are no cases of COVID-19 connected to the Paley Center, this action is strictly being taken as a precaution to help contain the spread of the disease, and to ensure the continued safety of our visitors and staff.


As a result of this decision, all public programs scheduled during this period will be postponed, including:
March 14: Paley Family event The Boss Baby: Back in BusinessMarch 17: Paley Live event CelebratingKerry WashingtonMarch 30: The Paley Honors Celebrating Tom Selleck
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If you have purchased tickets to our March 17 event, please email NYCustomerCare@paleycenter.org and provide a contact where you can be reached.
If you purchased a table/ticket to the March 30 event, our Development team will be in touch regarding next steps.
During this closure period our janitorial staff will diligently continue to maintain regular cleanings of the building.
We encourage you to prepare yourself with as much information as possible on COVID-19. Useful resources include:•   New York State Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)•   Center for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019•   New York City Department of Health
We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide additional updates as they become available.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Paley Center when we reopen in the near future. –
The Paley Center for Media

Knott’s Berry Farm will close temporarily through the end of the month beginning March 14.

A Message from Richard Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company: Knott’s Berry Farm will close temporarily through the end of the month beginning March 14.

 Anaheim, Calif. “Beginning March 14, Knott’s Berry Farm will close temporarily through the end of the month.  We continue to follow guidance from local and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our properties, we believe this is the right decision for our guests, associates, and community.

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will remain open.  We will work with our guests who have prepaid tickets or booked rooms during the time period of our park closure.  Refunds or re-bookings may be requested by contacting us at info@knotts.com.

Our guests and associates are considered family.  We have their well-being at the forefront of our decision-making.  We are committed to responding to questions and requests over the days and weeks ahead and appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience as we manage through this ongoing situation.”

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer 
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Announce Temporary Closure of California Parks.

The Parks Remain Committed to the Health and Safety of Park Guests and Team Members.

VALENCIA, Calif. — March 13, 2020 — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California have temporarily suspended operations until the end of March, at which time we will re-evaluate the situation. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at either property, the safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor these evolving conditions, and will follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials.

A Message from CEO Mike Spanos About The Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear Valued Guests,

We understand that these are challenging and unusual times. Our goal is to support our team members and our communities by never compromising the safety of guests or employees. Since the onset of COVID-19, we have followed the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities. As of today, many states have declared a state of emergency and are recommending that all non-essential gatherings of large groups be postponed or canceled.

Given that direction, we have made the decision to delay the opening or temporarily suspend the operations for the following parks through the end of March, at which time we will re-evaluate on a park-by-park basis:

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California
  • Hurricane Harbor Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia
  • Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas
  • Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri
  • Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in Lake George, New York

We will continue to closely monitor the latest developments and follow the guidance from federal, state, and local officials.

For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, or your local health department website.

On behalf of everyone at Six Flags, thank you for your trust in us. I look forward to seeing you out in our parks.Best regards,Mike SpanosPresident & CEO
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a group event planned at the park during the closure. What should I do?Contact your group organizer/leader for details. Group organizers/leaders should contact their park sales representatives directly. If you’re not sure who your park sales representative is OR you purchased your group tickets (of 15 or more) from the website, please contact the park’s group sales office using this form and we will help you.I have one-day tickets to the park. What should I do?Tickets will continue to be valid through December 31, 2020. Check the operating calendar for details.I have dated tickets to the park during the period that the park will be closed. What should I do?Once the park reopens, you may use your tickets to visit the park on any operating day. If tickets for that day cost more than what you paid, there may be an upgrade fee. To exchange your tickets simply stop by Guest Relations on your way into the park.Will my Season Pass or Membership be valid when the park reopens?Yes! Keep an eye on your bi-weekly newsletter and the park operating calendar for details.If I wait to buy my Season Pass or Membership will the price increase?No. We will not raise or change Season Pass prices while the park is closed. Check back immediately after the park re-opens to ensure you get our best offer.I’ve ordered THE FLASH Pass for a date the park is closed. What should I do?Your THE FLASH Pass reservation will be valid through December 31, 2020. Visit the park’s THE FLASH Pass office on the day you choose to visit (when the park reopens) and we will fill your reservation.

City of Santa Clarita Declares Local Emergency, cancels numerous events; essential city services remain in place.

The City of Santa Clarita Suspends All Non-Essential City Services to Help Slow Spread of Coronavirus.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – On March 13, 2020, the City of Santa Clarita issued a local emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This emergency declaration is a preparedness measure and allows the City to access resources and recover costs.

In addition, the City announced that as of Saturday, March 14, 2020, all non-essential services will be suspended, all City facilities will be closed to the public for 14 days and all City events are canceled through April. Essential public safety will continue to be provided at full service levels by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol. The decision to adjust services was made in light of the President’s National Declaration of Emergency and the first confirmed case of coronavirus from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

            “We know that many of you are concerned, and there is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “The actions we are taking today are to protect our community and slow the spread of the virus. This is about preparedness and being proactive – not about panic. As a community, we have had more than our fair share of emergency situations, and by being informed and united, we have been and will continue to be resilient.” 

            The essential City services that WILL remain in operation include:

  • City Management
  • Santa Clarita Transit
  • City Communications
  • Streets Crews
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Parks Crews
  • Urban Forestry
  • Traffic/Transportation
  • Building and Safety (on a limited basis)
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Permit Center (by appointment only)
  • Film Office (by appointment only)

All other City services are suspended for 14 days, including Public Library, The MAIN theatre, Community Centers and in-person services at City Hall.

            On March 11, 2020, the California Department of Public Health experts directed that all mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of six feet per person.

            City events that will be canceled include:

  • The Sister Cities Hike – March 15
  • SENSES Block Parties – March 19 and April 16
  • Youth Arts Showcase – March 21
  • DFY in SCV Youth Summit – March 27 and April 15
  • Free to be Me Music Festival – March 29 (will be rescheduled)
  • Eggstravaganza – April 11
  • Cowboy Festival – April 18 -19
  • Earth Arbor Day – April 25

Additionally, Youth and Adult Sports programs and all contract classes have been postponed until further notice. The City Council Regular meeting on Tuesday, March 24, has been canceled.

            “This will be a period of significant disruption to our everyday lives, with our local schools closed and our public gatherings canceled,” said Mayor Smyth. “I encourage all of you to do your part to stay informed and limit the spread of this virus. The City will continue to push out critical information as well as share resources through our emergency website at SantaClaritaEmergency.com.”

            The City of Santa Clarita is in regular contact with our community organizations and will continue to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect our community.

            If you have questions on specific City services, please call (661) 259-CITY between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. For updates, please continue to monitor the City of Santa Clarita’s social media pages and visit our website at SantaClaritaEmergency.com.

Performances of HAMILTON at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre will be suspended beginning March 12, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Hollywood, Calif. – March 12, 2020 – 12:45 p.m. (PT): At the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, performances of HAMILTON at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre will be suspended beginning this evening (tonight’s performance of HAMILTON at 8pm) through Tuesday, March 31st, in support of the well-being of the theatre-going public as well as those who work on the production, subject to ongoing assessment by County or State Health Authorities.

If you have purchased tickets to a performance of HAMILTON during this time period, we have already initiated a refund of your money including fees (except UPS if applicable). Ticket refunds should be received within 7-10 business days. As performances are currently scheduled through November 22nd, you can purchase tickets to future dates by going here. Best available ticket locations and prices are between Sep 22 – Nov 22, 2020, and can be purchased here.

We take the health and safety of our patrons, staff and community seriously and urge everyone to continue to follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials.  We will provide updates as we receive them.  We appreciate your understanding and if you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@BroadwayInHollywood.com

***Please continue to follow this page for updates. Last updated: March 12, 2020 at 1:35 p.m. (PT)***

March 12, 2020 – 1:35 p.m. (PT): At the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, performances of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at the Dolby Theatre will be suspended Tuesday, March 24th through Tuesday, March 31st, in support of the well-being of the theatre-going public as well as those who work on the production, subject to ongoing assessment by County or State Health Authorities. 

If you have purchased tickets to a performance of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL during this time period, we have already initiated a refund of your money including fees (except UPS if applicable). Ticket refunds should be received within 7-10 business days. 

As performances are currently scheduled through April 12th, season ticket holders can purchase tickets here and all other ticket purchasers can go here.

We take the health and safety of our patrons, staff and community seriously and urge everyone to continue to follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials.  We will provide updates as we receive them.  We appreciate your understanding and if you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@BroadwayInHollywood.com


Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, to close beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. Disneyland Resort Hotels to remain open until Monday, March 16.

Anaheim, Calif. – While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.

The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.

Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.

In Orlando, Florida, Disney World will remain open for the time being.Please contact The Walt Disney Travel Company for any questions and cancellations at (714) 520 – 5050. (Update, March 13, 2020 Disney World Orlando will be closed.)

Disneyland News:

While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.

Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.

Disneyland has had five unscheduled closures, source, Wikipedia:

History of Disneyland closures:

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA TO ANNOUNCE LOCAL UPDATES REGARDING RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

Mayor to Make Announcement Following a Closed Session Council Meeting Friday.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita City Council will be holding a closed session meeting tomorrow, Friday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. to discuss a coordinated response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The City is reviewing and evaluating all operations, facilities and programming to ensure we are following the recommendations of our county and state health officials. Following the closed session meeting, Mayor Cameron Smyth will make a statement on what the City is doing to proactively help slow the spread of the coronavirus and lessen the strain on our local health care providers.

The City is in close consultation with our local community organizations to ensure a measured and cohesive response to coronavirus. Local organizations including California Institute of the Arts, Castaic Union School District, College of the Canyons, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Newhall School District, Office of Senator Scott Wilk, Office of Assemblywoman Christy Smith, Office of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Saugus Union School District, SCV Senior Center, Sulphur Springs Union School District, The Masters University and William S. Hart Union High School District are united in following the lead of Los Angeles County and its Department of Public Health and State Health officials regarding the current response. The City is also working hand in hand with our public safety officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol.

For updates, please continue to monitor the City of Santa Clarita’s social media pages and visit our website at santa-clarita.com/coronavirus.

Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28.

Message from Universal Studios Hollywood:

Universal Studios Hollywood – The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority.  

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation.  

Universal CityWalk will remain open. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.

If guests have questions regarding tickets, they can call 1-800-UNIVERSAL (1-800-864-8377), option #9

DOG HAUS NOHO CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4.

Acclaimed craft casual gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger concept to offer a Haus Dog and pint of beer for only $4 each all day long.

North Hollywood, Calif. – DOG HAUS NOHO will celebrate its 4th anniversary on Wed. March 4.

To commemorate the occasion, Dog Haus NoHo will be serving guests their choice of seven chef-driven Haus Dog creations, which feature all beef handcrafted dogs and premium toppings – plus a pint of local craft beer – for just $4 each. 

Dog Haus is designed to elevate that nostalgic childhood experience of enjoying a hot dog with the contemporary aesthetic of its modern industrial space. After ordering at the counter, diners can gather around communal-style tables outfitted with bar stools or take a seat at one of the cozier reclaimed wood and steel tables that span the perimeter of the 2,253-square-foot restaurant.

Dog Haus NoHo – 4929 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 – (818) 505-1033. Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

DISCLAIMER:     Offer valid for one $4 Haus Dog and one $4 Pints. No additions or substitutions. Other menu items do not qualify, including plant-based substitutions. Promotion valid Wednesday, 3/4/20 for dine in orders at Dog Haus North Hollywood; not available for order via the Dog Haus app. Dine-in only. May not be combined with any other offer, including Happy Hour. While supplies last.

All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27, 2020.

Exciting All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27, 2020 Enhanced with Virtual Line Technology Innovative Ride Debuts 64 Animatronics Inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films.

Universal City, CA, February 20, 2020 – “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27, bringing an astounding 64 animated figures to this all-new tech-savvy ride based on Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, which answer the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”

The entertaining new ride features original voice talent from The Secret Life of Pets films who will unleash their animal instincts to reprise their roles for this exciting theme park attraction. The talent and their alter egos include Patton Oswalt as Max, Kevin Hart as Snowball, Eric Stonestreet as Duke, Jenny Slate as Gidget, Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, Lake Bell as Chloe, Dana Carvey as Pops, Chris Renaud as Norman, Hannibal Buress as Buddy, Bobby Moynihan as Mel, and Jessica DiCicco as Princess.

            “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” is a heartfelt experience that transforms guests into stray puppies as they journey to become loved and adopted. After all, adoption day is the ultimate rite of passage for every domesticated animal and, as such, the perfect theme of this engaging new ride as these beloved puppies find their forever homes.

            Combining 64 technologically-advanced animated figures, “The Secret Life of Pets:  Off the Leash!” invites guests to meet some of their favorite characters from the movies, who themselves have transformed into dimensional beings. From blinking eyes to eye and eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride.

With the addition of hyper-realistic media and projection mapping, this impressive new ride is designed to fully immerse guests in a dynamic New York City landscape. Seated within ride vehicles that resemble cardboard boxes—reminiscent of where Katie first finds her beloved Max as a puppy—guests will travel along a track towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending: forever homes.

The ride will feature state-of-the-art optical enhanced gesture-tracking technology, which helps to identify each guest as a unique stray puppy for the duration of the ride. With an option to be transformed into one of 15 stray puppies, guests will enjoy a unique experience each time they ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!”

            Virtual Line technology is another component of the experience, designed to help guests maximize their leisure time at the theme park. Guests can access Virtual Line via the official Universal Studios Hollywood app, available for free in the App Store and on Google Play or they can visit the Virtual Line kiosk located in the New York City subway station, situated adjacent to the ride. Both provide guests with options to experience the ride based on the next available times and will be available to guests within the theme park as needed.

Virtual Line complements the ride’s non-traditional queue which invites guests to explore the area at their leisure and freely roam the ride’s corridors—reminiscent of Katie’s NYC apartment building—explore dachshund Buddy’s apartment, Snowball owner Molly’s living room as well as Max and Duke’s apartment, until they reach the ride’s boarding station.

“The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” will be located on Pets Place, previously referred to as Baker Street, and adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions. With the installation of store front facades, Pets Place will capture the charm of a busy New York City street, including an iconic NYC subway station, which serves as the in-park location for the Virtual Line.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, an Annual Pass invites guests to experience the theme park’s thrill and adventure over and over again. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details and to save up to $60 on an Annual Pass when purchased online. Offer valid through April 23, 2020. Restrictions apply.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the soon to open all-new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

About Illumination

Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films.  The company’s releases include three of the top-eight animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $6.6 billion worldwide.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful world of Despicable Me, which includes Minions, the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award®– nominated Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3, which made more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Illumination recently launched two original properties that captivated audiences worldwide: The Secret Life of Pets, which achieved the best opening for an original movie, animated or otherwise, in U.S. history, and the global smash, Sing. And in 2018, Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch had the biggest opening weekend of any Christmas-themed movie in history. Illumination’s upcoming films include Minions: The Rise of Gru in July 2020 and Sing 2 in Summer 2021.

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