The basic facades of the streets of Little Europe can easily be redressed and supplemented to transform the street into any location around the world. Street signs, lamposts and other street furniture can suggest any time or place to the audience.

The cobblestones under foot are actually pressed cement, and are permanent, but can be covered up with sand / dirt for other time periods.

The current sets were built in 1967 as replicas of the old sets, following the devastating fire in that year which destroyed the whole area, including part of Spartacus Square.

There are a number of smaller areas adjacent to the main Little Europe sets – see the photo galleries below for information.

The Spartacus Square sets were removed in 2013.

Tram On-Board Video – Whoopi Goldberg (2007)

Old European Sets (before 1967)

Current Little Europe Sets

Eastern Area Photo Gallery

This is the area immediately behind the Court of Miracles and has been used as India in Heroes, as well as for the final sequence in Jarhead.
As this area is not visible from the tram, these photos were taken on the VIP Experience tour.

Pirates of the Caribbean Alley Photo Gallery

This area is hidden from the main Studio Tour tram. The sets were modified here for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, where they appear as the exterior of Wil’s workshop.
These photos were taken on the VIP Experience tour.

Studio Tour 1964 – 1967

Filming at Little Europe

Seen on Screen: Universal Studios Hollywood [Europe]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Feature Film]1923Wallace WorsleyIMDB Database page about The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Court of Miracles, Little Europe
All Quiet on the Western Front [Feature Film]1930Lewis MilestoneIMDB Database page about All Quiet on the Western Front
Little Europe backlot
Dracula [Feature Film]1931Tod BrowningIMDB Database page about Dracula
Stage 12 (Interior of Castle / Grand Staircase / Interior of Abbey), Stage 28 (Royal Albert Hall sequence - Bela Lugosi sat in an opera box originally built for Phantom of the Opera in 1925), Little Europe backlot
Frankenstein [Feature Film]1931James WhaleIMDB Database page about Frankenstein
Many of the exteriors of the village were shot on the Little Europe sets at Universal, including the Court of Miracles {The townspeople of Goldstadt celebrated the wedding of Henry Frankenstein to Elizabeth in this square. ). However, they're not the same sets that can be seen today - all of todays Little Europe was built in 1967 after a huge fire destroyed the vintage sets.
Many scenes that look like exteriors were shot on soundstages (there are some unfortunate ripples of backcloths which give away the interior shooting, and footsteps that sound like wooden staging not outdoor rocks and mud). The highly theatrical backdrops with dramatic skies helped to set the atmosphere of exaggerated reality.
The huge Laboratory set was built on Stage 12 at Universal Studios Hollywood. The stage had been built in 1929. The electrical machinery in Dr Frankenstein's laboratory was provided by Kenneth Strickfaden. The same machinery reappeared years later in the fabulous Mel Brooks homage Young Frankenstein
The Invisible Man [Feature Film]1933James WhaleIMDB Database page about The Invisible Man
Little Europe
The Bride of Frankenstein [Feature Film]1935James WhaleIMDB Database page about The Bride of Frankenstein
Court of Miracles, Little Europe, Stage 12 (Laboratory set), Stage 28 (special effects stage - used for filming miniatures of the laboratory exterior and destruction of the laboratory)
Golden Earrings [Feature Film]1947Mitchell LeisenIMDB Database page about Golden Earrings
Tower of London castle set, Little Europe sets on the backlot.
Around the World in Eighty Days [Feature Film]1956Michael AndersonIMDB Database page about Around the World in Eighty Days
Little Europe backlot
Madame X [Feature Film]1966David Lowell RichIMDB Database page about Madame X
New York Street, Little Europe (as Germany)
Rich Man, Poor Man [TV Movie]1976IMDB Database page about Rich Man, Poor Man
New York Street, Little Europe (as France)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century [TV Series]1979-1981IMDB Database page about Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
The backlot Tower of London castle set and Little Europe sets appear in the episode Golden Boy as a village on a distant planet.
History of the World Part I [Feature Film]1981Mel BrooksIMDB Database page about History of the World Part I
Park Lake (Red Sea), Square of Warriors (extended by the use of matte paintings to depict Ancient Rome), Little Europe (as France)
Voyagers! [TV Series]1982-1983James D. ParriottIMDB Database page about Voyagers!
Colonial Street, Denver Street, Little Europe, Train Station, Mediterranean Square, Old Mexico, Square of Warriors, Collapsing Bridge (pilot)
The A Team [TV Series]1983-1987Stephen J. Cannell, Frank LupoIMDB Database page about The A Team
Little Europe, Six Points Texas
Steel (Season 2 Episode 11) - Upper Lot, Jaws Attraction, Studio Tour
Airwolf [TV Series]1984-1986Donald P. BellisarioIMDB Database page about Airwolf
Colonial Street (Cleaver House), Colonial Street Church, Denver Street, Little Europe, New York Street, Six Points Texas, Square of Warriors, Tower of London backlot sets, Stage 14 [helicopter interior mockup], Stage 20 [process shots], Stage 24 [Hawke Cabin set], Stage 27 [The Lair hideout], Stage 28 [process shots]
Murder She Wrote [TV Series]1984-1996VariousIMDB Database page about Murder She Wrote
"Incident on Lot 7" - Season 8, Episode 13 (1992) - Psycho House
"Jessica Behind Bars" - Season 2, Episode 9 (1985) - Square of Warriors / Spartacus Square Embassy building appears as the Prison exterior.
"Hooray for Homicide" - Season 1, Episode 3 (1984) - Front Lot & Studio Tour
Colonial Street, New York Street (as London), Tower of London set (as an amusement park), Little Europe (unknown episodes)
Elm Street (as Industrial Street), Singapore Lake (Jaws Lake) appeared in the opening titles as Cabot Cove, Maine.
"To Kill A Legend" (Season 11 Episode 3, October 1994) Circle Drive on Colonial Street is featured prominently as the location for the battle re-enactment. The Colonial Street Church is seen in many shots.
"Seal of the Confessional" - Season 6 Episode 2 (1989) - Colonial Street Church appears in the opening sequence. Jaws Lake appears as Cabot Cove.
Stage 20 [pilot], Stage 22, Stage 25 (interior Jessica Fletcher's house), Stage 29, the backlot Train Station appeared in one episode.
Episode The Murder Channel (Season 11, Episode 6) features Brownstone Street and New York Street prominently. (1994)
"Judge Not" (Season 8 Episode 6) Shot in 1991 - featured the Embassy buildings in the Square of Warriors and Little Europe on the backlot.
Murder She Wrote [TV Series]1984-1996VariousIMDB Database page about Murder She Wrote
"Incident on Lot 7" - Season 8, Episode 13 (1992) - Psycho House
"Jessica Behind Bars" - Season 2, Episode 9 (1985) - Square of Warriors / Spartacus Square Embassy building appears as the Prison exterior.
"Hooray for Homicide" - Season 1, Episode 3 (1984) - Front Lot & Studio Tour
Colonial Street, New York Street (as London), Tower of London set (as an amusement park), Little Europe (unknown episodes)
Elm Street (as Industrial Street), Singapore Lake (Jaws Lake) appeared in the opening titles as Cabot Cove, Maine.
"To Kill A Legend" (Season 11 Episode 3, October 1994) Circle Drive on Colonial Street is featured prominently as the location for the battle re-enactment. The Colonial Street Church is seen in many shots.
"Seal of the Confessional" - Season 6 Episode 2 (1989) - Colonial Street Church appears in the opening sequence. Jaws Lake appears as Cabot Cove.
Stage 20 [pilot], Stage 22, Stage 25 (interior Jessica Fletcher's house), Stage 29, the backlot Train Station appeared in one episode.
Episode The Murder Channel (Season 11, Episode 6) features Brownstone Street and New York Street prominently. (1994)
"Judge Not" (Season 8 Episode 6) Shot in 1991 - featured the Embassy buildings in the Square of Warriors and Little Europe on the backlot.
MacGyver [TV Series]1985 - 1992VariousIMDB Database page about MacGyver
The Train Station in Little Europe featured in one episode.
Out on a Limb [TV Movie]1987Robert ButlerIMDB Database page about Out on a Limb
Little Europe
Moonwalker [Feature Film]1988Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield, Colin Chilvers IMDB Database page about Moonwalker
The Smooth Criminal sequence was shot on Brownstone Street, Little Europe and in the New York Street area.
Smooth Criminal [Music Video]1988Colin ChilversIMDB Database page about Smooth Criminal
Extensive shooting around Little Europe, New York Street and Brownstone Street sets
The War of the Roses [Feature Film]1989Danny DeVitoIMDB Database page about The War of the Roses
Little Europe
Beverly Hills 90210 [TV Series]1990-2000Darren StarIMDB Database page about Beverly Hills 90210
Little Europe backlot sets used for scenes set in Paris, France
City Slickers [Feature Film]1991Ron UnderwoodIMDB Database page about City Slickers
Little Europe
Seaquest DSV [TV Series]1993-1996Rockne S. OIMDB Database page about Seaquest DSV
Stage 28 (underwater sequences done in the pit), Stage 50, Underwater Tank, Old Mexico, Little Europe
Blown Away [Feature Film]1994Stephen HopkinsIMDB Database page about Blown Away
Little Europe
My Girl 2 [Feature Film]1994Howard ZieffIMDB Database page about My Girl 2
Little Europe
Sliders [TV Series]1995-2000Tracy Tormè, Robert K. WeissIMDB Database page about Sliders
Denver Street, Mediterranean Square, Little Europe
JAG [TV Series]1995-2005Donald P. BellisarioIMDB Database page about JAG
Brownstone Street, Little Europe
Angel [TV Series]1999 - 2004VariousIMDB Database page about Angel
18th Century flashback scenes were shot on the Little Europe set on the Universal backlot.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [Feature Film]2003Gore VerbinskiIMDB Database page about Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Old Mexico (as Tortuga, shot during December 2002), Falls Lake, Little Europe (as Port Royal), including the exterior of Will's workshop.
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement [Feature Film]2004Garry MarshallIMDB Database page about Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
The streets of Little Europe doubled as Genovia. The Square of Warriors appeared as the exterior of the royal residence. The Train Station also appeared. Interiors were shot on Stage 22, Stage 23, Stage 27 and Stage 36.
Jarhead [Feature Film]2005Sam MendesIMDB Database page about Jarhead
Stage 12 (aircraft interior), Stage 22, Stage 28, Little Europe Eastern Area
The Good German [Feature Film]2006Steven SoderberghIMDB Database page about The Good German
Little Europe
The Pink Panther [Feature Film]2006Shawn LevyIMDB Database page about The Pink Panther
Little Europe
Heroes [TV Series]2006-2010Tim KringIMDB Database page about Heroes
Little Europe (as India), Freeway Park (Season 4), Stage 33, Stage 34, Stage 37, Stage 43
Old Mexico and Elm Street (fire) (Season 2, Episode 8)
True Blood [TV Series]2008Alan BallIMDB Database page about True Blood
Little Europe (2012 season)
You Don't Mess With The Zohan [Feature Film]2008Dennis DuganIMDB Database page about You Don
Little Europe sets were redressed, along with a new archway for this movie. Interiors were shot on Stage 28.
Angels & Demons [Feature Film]2009Ron HowardIMDB Database page about Angels & Demons
Stunt sequence featuring car explosion was shot on a specially built additional arched wall structure on the Little Europe backlot set.
Knight and Day [Feature Film]2010James MangoldIMDB Database page about Knight and Day
The Little Europe backlot sets were used for a small section of the bull-running scenes set in Seville, Spain. CGI bulls were used.
The Good Place [TV Series]2016Michael SchurIMDB Database page about The Good Place
Little Europe
Westworld (HBO) [TV Series]2016IMDB Database page about Westworld (HBO)
Little Europe, Old Mexico

See also