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When the Fremont Street Reggae and Blues Lounge closed up shop Neonopolis Model a few years ago, shortly after the remodeling of the Fremont Street Experience, it appeared to be the end for walk-in live entertainment downtown. With the exception of occasional free summer weekend stage concerts sponsored by the Experience, Neonopolis Model and the not-ready-for-prime-time dancers of Glitter Gulch, very few of the downtown establishments nowadays sport inexpensive live lounge performances on a regular basis. A new complex called NEONoPOLiS (capitalization is theirs), built on the same former location of the aforementioned blues lounge, will hopefully strive to restore this form of entertainment. Scheduled to open around November 20 of 2000 the new $90+ million, multi-story, block-sized complex will feature a Mann Theaters facility where you'll be able to drop off the young ones or catch a movie yourself, Neonopolis Model and a Wolfgang Puck's cafe. They also hope to attract at least two live music venues and numerous other restaurant and shopping attractions, many of which are already confirmed. Structurally the complex will feature major underground parking, a 10 story, cylindrical, futuristic, glass enclosed observation deck, reminiscent of the round Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles, overlooking downtown and the Strip, and a large assortment of custom and restored neon signs from the 50's and 60's from around the world as well as from the early Neonopolis days of Las Vegas to compliment the existing Neon Museum (see related) attraction already in the foot-plaza in front of Neonopolis. Located at an easily accessible, high-visibility location on Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont Street bordering the Fremont Street Experience and directly across from the "big red" parking structure, Neonopolis promises to become a new Las Vegas landmark of the future.

Last Updated: June 16, 2001