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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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"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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Downtown Vegas openings are still happening fast and furious with Park on Fremont, La Comida, Mingo's Kitchen and Velveteen Rabbit boosting its hipster cred of late. But, there is much more still on the horizon and no end in sight, at least right now, from the cacophony created when tourism, construction and community collide.
With smart phone camera in hand, we traversed downtown earlier today to provide you with snapshot updates of some of the biggest projects still to come.
Way back in September, we shared some of the earliest plans for an old 7-11 bought for $4 million by Zappos boss Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project. It's the first thing you notice when you arrive at the rapidly changing Fremont East neighborhood. Last year, we didn't know this was the forthcoming Inspire Theater, nor how truly dramatic the changes around this building would keep on flowing.
DTLV deftly obtained these Inspire Theater renderings back in March and we all seem to have missed them. (Ironic, as the reporter Geoff Carter believes no one else has been monitoring the theater's progress, but we will let him have his moment.) We were most interested in the actual theater itself. The hipster trappings around the lounge, coffee shop, etc. are flash and filigree. And, the Emergency Arts building, a block away, already serves a similar purpose. This is just a nicer version.
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That's when the ground floor of the downtown residential tower expects to be fully built out with a Rachel's Kitchen, a chain cafe serving up "wholesome food"; Slice, a NYC import serving up pizza featuring "fresh, local and seasonal ingredients" with a ukulele-playing owner; a 3,000-square-foot gallery featuring the works of local artists; and, a tavern-slash-theater that will feature speakers and entertainment for intimate crowds of 70 or so.