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Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?
Surely this photo has been retouched or photoshopped, right? If that's what you're thinking, this writer was right there with you at first. But, my colleague @sammasseur, who sent me this image of Inspire earlier this week (as well as quite a few others of the coming soon venue), assured me the photo was the real deal. Amazing, right?
For those who may also be wondering just what an Inspire is, it's a new venue coming soon to Fremont East that will offer, obviously, a theater, but will also feature a newsstand, a coffee bar, a bar bar, a rooftop lounge, and working space for laptop hobos. We mapped it out in September, if you want to see the floorplans. A few months before that, we toured the venue via renderings which featured the mega-screens.
As time passed, we forgot they were coming. There's no way we're forgetting about them now.
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After a once anticipated debut of spring, the Downtown Container Park has instead arrived in time for the holiday shopping season. Well, at least some of it.
The flyer below proclaims all the shops and eateries expected to open today at 1 p.m. PST, but even this list was a bit too hopeful.
Man, if you can't trust something you overhear while walking down Fremont, what can you trust?
Last month, we eavesdropped as what seemed to be a downtown executive fielded questions on the coming Container Park. The suit cited an opening weekend of October 31-November 3. But, yesterday, a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated an expected debut of mid-November. Worrisome, however, was the additional phrase, "scheduled to open as early as next month."
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Good thing Vegas police have had some time to practice implementing stepped up security. Why? Because while October will be awesome, some super-sized events have the potential to cause quite a mess, especially when two collide.
This weekend, the city's monthly First Friday event falls in the middle of Las Vegas Bikefest. With swelling First Friday crowds expected to mix with thousands of bikers, security measures on Fremont Street's 30,000-person-capacity pedestrian mall will reportedly become very New Year's Eve-like.
Visitors to Fremont should expect to encounter barricades restricting access to those 21 and over beginning this Friday night (Oct. 4) and continuing into early Saturday morning. So, bring ID, expect large crowds and long lines, and remember open container laws are being enforced in downtown.
Curious about the current state of downtown's Container Park, this writer wandered that way to check things out last week. And, just happened to walk abreast of a trio of gentlemen who began to discuss the very object of my interest. So, naturally, I slowed down my pace to nonchalantly listen in because, duh. (It helps when you pretend to be absorbed with your smart phone.)
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As you know, Golden Nugget isn't the only downtown property with hard hat-clad workers walking around. We snooped around this past weekend to see what else is new as Fremont Street competes with the Strip in the 'most on-going construction' category. Not one to disappoint, we found some more progress to share.
At the Plaza's future Beer Garden, exterior walls have been cut through to open the space up to the exterior and posts have been installed for the fencing or gating that will line the street.
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Earlier this year, we suggested 10 things you should know about Downtown's El Cortez. While the loose slots and cheap table games in the casino are favorites among locals, El Cortez has also been welcoming out-of-towners to its hotel for more than 70 years. This writer recently took a ride up the elevator and explored a room in the hotel’s 1980 tower expansion.
As a frequent visitor to the El Cortez casino, I knew this wouldn't be a luxury resort. This place is old. So old that it has landed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Even so, I've never had a bad time when visiting. When I need a break from the pretentiousness that can be overwhelming at Strip resorts, El Cortez is always there as a beacon of humility. After discovering that Tower rooms were on sale for just over $20 on weekdays, I jumped at the chance to spend a couple nights.
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"Let's take a look at it from another angle." Sounds like a philosophy that was ingrained in the membrane somewhere along our educational journey growing up. And, one that we'll put to use once again in looking at the current state of downtown's Inspire Theater. Just over two weeks ago, we traversed Fremont area construction zones to capture a nighttime snapshot of the future theater plus bar plus international newstand plus workspace plus rooftop deck. Phew, it was probably smart to stop naming it after "Theater."
The above photo shot from... err... above the under-construction Inspire Theater was sent in by a VegasChatter tipster. We aren't nighttime street level to daytime aerial comparison experts, but the exterior doesn't look all that different since our August visit. Another influential teacher taught us, however, that it's not the outside, but what's on the inside that counts. (Thanks, mom.) The same holds true, of course, for construction when it comes to determining whether the fall 2013 (read "before end of year") opening date will remain, or not.
Our trusty tipster's x-ray lens wasn't able to capture an interior shot, but he was able to share the site's floorplans. Honestly, when getting that mouth-watering first look, aren't we more interested in seeing what's to come than some framing materials and sheetrock, anyway?
Inspire Theater covers two floors of the building, with a third level (a.k.a., the roof) dedicated for an open-air lounge. The heralded international newsstand (see what we did there?) will be setup at the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard -- a seemingly strategic location since we do seem to buy more newspapers and magazines from street corners than mid-block storefronts. Or, at least we did in 1989.
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If you think you're completely up on everything happening in Downtown Vegas, you might want to reconsider. Heck, even we thought we were finally caught up again after a late-night stroll earlier this week only to receive new information and images today.
Tuesday evening found us wandering around downtown, and tossing back a few drinks at the Fremont. To keep hydrated, naturally! Our priority
aside from socializing, however, was to check on two new construction walls at the Golden Nugget first reported by Vital Vegas. But, we also wanted to follow-up on some on-going projects, too. And, along the way, we found more developments on top of that. Fremont, and its surrounding areas. An ever-changing experience.
First, several new things to report at the Plaza, including what's captured in the photo up top. New construction outside the hotel's food court, just off valet. Workers tell us it will be a beer garden, with faux grass and even concerts on the weekend. (How that will work with the Fremont Street stage just across the street is not yet known..) Inside, folks will be able to order up food and said beer. The construction wall for that can be seen in the panoramic below. Look for the garden to debut in late September.
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The Vegas of the 1950s was a place like no other. Sixty-five miles to the northwest sat the Nevada National Security Site where the U.S. military conducted all of its advanced nuclear testing. Vegas capitalized on the tests as tourist attractions and began to market accordingly. Joe and Stella Sobchik took advantage of this new nuclear craze by opening Atomic Liquors.
In a story that bleeds of vintage Americana, the business first debuted as a diner called Virginia’s Café. Joe worked the grill while Stella waited tables. After a brief period, they tired of the business, and acquired the liquor license of a closing casino bar.
In 1951, Atomic Liquors opened as a bar and packaged liquor store with the tavern license of #00001. It quickly became a very popular spot for gaming employees to cool their heels after work, and to rub shoulders with the many celebrities that frequented the joint.
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You'd think a park made of pre-constructed shipping containers would be pretty swift to erect. Apparently not. And, you'd think with the downtown renaissance in full swing, you'd be beating off prospective tenants with a sharp stick. Apparently, that ain't true, either.
We've covered at length Fremont East's dog-filled, caboose-embellished, praying mantis-decorated, future Shipping Container Park. There will be music, food, shopping, offices and a dome filled with wonder. But, we've discovered in a local news report that we'll have to wait until October 26 for an opening day. That happens to be the same day downtown's Life Is Beautiful music and food festival will bring thousands of folks to their front door. Maybe it's us, but thousands of people streaming into the park on the first day you've ever sold a ticket, a soda or rigidly tested any equipment, seems like a recipe for absolute disaster.