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Emmys, Disney, Broadway among entertainment industry shutdowns

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

By Anthony Breznican, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Emmy awards ceremonies were indefinitely postponed and Latin Grammys canceled, and amusement parks closed and Hollywood studios locked their gates as yesterday's terrorist attacks darkened a stunned entertainment industry.

All Broadway shows were canceled in New York and box offices at the theaters were closed indefinitely, said Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theaters and Producers.

Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland and Universal Studios in Southern California were shut down, while most resort hotels -- many sheltering those stranded by the nationwide airline shutdown -- remained open.

In Southern California, major movie studios such as Paramount, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. were shuttered, including studio tours and production of movies and TV shows.

"Out of respect for the tragedy we're closing the studio. It's not out of fear," said Barbara Brogliatti, a spokeswoman for Warner Bros.

Many of the landmark attractions on the Las Vegas Strip, including the Eiffel and Stratosphere towers, were closed yesterday. Yet gambling continued at all of the resort's casinos and the evening's slate of headliner entertainment remained on schedule.

The second annual Latin Grammys, scheduled to be broadcast live last night from Los Angeles, were canceled "due to unimaginable events," according to a written statement.

Workers outside the arena hurried to dismantle the elaborate stages shortly after the attacks, and Recording Academy officials said the show would not be rescheduled.

"It's over," said Barb Deeghan, a spokeswoman for the show. "That's it. It's canceled."

The 53rd annual Primetime Emmys, which had been scheduled for Sunday night in Los Angeles, were postponed, but organizers expected to reschedule.

Other cancellations included tapings for the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" at the NBC studios in Burbank, "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in New York and a concert by pop singer Madonna last night in downtown Los Angeles. The Leno and O'Brien shows will be dark all week, NBC officials said.

Shopping malls across the United States locked their doors in response to the attacks and major-league baseball postponed last night's entire schedule.

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