Neonopolis

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The exterior of Neonopolis next to Fremont Street.

Neonopolis, a 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) shopping mall, [1] is a $100 million entertainment complex in Las Vegas, Nevada located on top of a $15 million city parking garage. It is located on Fremont Street, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard. In keeping with the complex's name, it contains three miles of neon lights. [2]

Three open-air levels surround an outdoor center courtyard with stage, sound and seating. Bands and concerts were scheduled during the summer months during its heyday.

History

Plans for Neonopolis were announced in December 1997. [3] It opened on May 3, 2002. [4]

In 2006, Prudential Real Estate sold Neonopolis to a development group led by Rohit Joshi for $25 million. [5] Joshi undertook an abortive rebranding of the center as Fremont Square, but ultimately the Neonopolis name was retained. [6] [7] [8] After temporarily closing in 2010 for redevelopment, Neonopolis underwent renovations in 2011 and reopened with new tenants.

Current tenants

The interior courtyard of the shopping center.
  • Axehole ― An axe throwing range, opened in 2017. [9]
  • Banger Brewing ― A 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) pub and microbrewery, opened in 2013 on the ground floor. [10] [11]
  • Cat's Meow ― A 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) karaoke club located on the second floor, opened in 2019. It is the second location of a popular, long-established club in New Orleans. [12]
  • Del Prado Jewelers ― A jewelry store that moved to the second floor of Neonopolis in 2006. [13] [14]
  • Denny's ― A 6,400-square-foot (590 m2) flagship location for the diner chain, featuring a wedding chapel. Opened in 2012. [15] [16]
  • Don't Tell Mama ― A piano bar located on the mall's ground floor. It moved to Neonopolis in 2019 from its previous location on Fremont East. [17]
  • Fat Tuesday ― A frozen daiquiri shop, opened in 2020. [18] [19]
  • Fremont Arcade ― A video arcade, opened in 2016 on the ground floor. [20] [21]
  • Gene Woods Racing Experience ― An indoor go-kart track, opened in 2019. [22]
  • Heart Attack Grill ― A hamburger restaurant, known for its medical theme and for offering the world's highest-calorie burger, opened in 2011. [23] [24]
  • House of Selfies ― An "Instagram museum", opened in 2019. [25] [26]
  • International Eatery ― A food court with three outlets, opened in 2013 in the ground-floor former Luna Rossa Ristorante space, by HIG Management, a major operator of mall eateries. [27] [28]
  • Little Neon Wedding Chapel ― A wedding chapel opened in 2016. [29]
  • Metropolitan Gallery of Las Vegas ― An art museum and gallery. Previously named the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, it moved to Neonopolis in 2008. [30] [31] [32] The name was changed in 2017. [33]
  • Millennial Esports ― A 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) venue for competitive video gaming, opened in 2017 on the third floor. [34] [35]
  • The Nerd ― A nightclub and bowling alley themed around comic books and video games, opened in 2017 in the second-floor former Drink & Drag space. [36] [37]
  • Notoriety ― An entertainment venue and lounge, with several rooms hosting concerts, comedy nights, and other events. [38] [39] Opened in 2019, in the former movie theater space on the third floor. [38]
  • TelemundoKBLR, the Las Vegas affiliate of the Spanish-language television network, moved its studios to a 17,500-square-foot (1,630 m2) space on the third floor in 2009. [40] [41]
  • Toy Shack ― A seller of vintage collectible toys. It moved to the shopping center in 2011 to capitalize on visitors familiar with its owner's frequent appearances on the television series Pawn Stars. [42] [43]
  • Ultimate Sports Cards & Memorabilia ― A sports memorabilia shop, which moved to Neonopolis in 2012, like the Toy Shack, because of its owner's appearances on Pawn Stars. [44] [45]

Previous tenants

  • Cannabition ― A marijuana-themed museum, opened in 2018. [46] Among the exhibits was Bongzilla, [47] billed as the world's largest bong. [48] Closed in 2019. [49]
  • Drink and Drag ― A bowling alley and drag club, opened in 2012. [50] Closed in 2013 because of legal and financial issues. [51]
  • Evapor8 ― An e-cigarette shop, opened in 2013. [52]
  • Galaxy Theatres ― An 11-screen movie theater. Opened in 2002 as Crown Theatres, the center's original anchor tenant, with 14 screens. [4] Later reduced to 11 screens, and then taken over by Galaxy in 2006. [53] Closed in 2009. [54] [55]
  • Jillian's ― A two-story restaurant, bar, and entertainment complex. Opened in 2002 as one of the complex's anchor tenants. [56] Closed in 2008. [57]
  • Krave Massive ― A gay nightclub, sister property of Drink and Drag, moved to the former Galaxy movie theater space from its previous location on the Las Vegas Strip in June 2013. [58] It was planned to be the largest gay club in the world, but never fully opened. [51] [59] Closed after several months because of a tax dispute. [51]
  • Las Vegas Rocks Cafe ― A restaurant and lounge themed around the history of Las Vegas. Opened in 2009 in the former Jillian's space. [60] [61] Closed in 2011. [62]
  • Poker Dome ― A studio for nationally televised poker events. Opened in 2006 on the third floor, in space previously occupied by three of the movie theaters. [63] Closed in 2007. [64]

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Latitude and Longitude:

36°10′12″N 115°8′26″W / 36.17000°N 115.14056°W / 36.17000; -115.14056