Fremont Street gets new experience

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LAS VEGAS -- The Fremont Street Experience -- a 90-foot-high, four-block-long canopy in downtown Las Vegas resembling a giant movie screen that features different light and sound shows every hour after dark -- will take the wraps off its new $17 million Viva Vision technology tonight.

The new technology uses 12.5 million LED modules to deliver high-resolution images and special effects that are then synched to a sound track broadcast through a state-of-the-art, 550,000-watt concert-quality sound system.

To kick off the debut of Viva Vision, two brand-new shows -- "The Drop" and "Area 51" -- have been added to the Experience's line-up; all shows are free and can be seen from just about any angle along the four-block-long pedestrian promenade.

Downtown's Golden Nugget hotel and casino also will be featured on Fremont Street's big screen as FOX TV debuts its newest reality series, "The Casino."

The weekly show, taped earlier this year, follows new Golden Nugget owners Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling as they first acquired the 47-year-old property from MGM Mirage and then set about revamping it to take it back to its "old Vegas" roots.

The show will air Mondays, beginning June 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time for 13 weeks this summer.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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