Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas

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    Free light and music shows

    by marielexoteria Updated Jan 6, 2010

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    Fremont Street is where Las Vegas oldest casinos are. It's interesting to feel the "retro" vibe while walking and seeing how it's all about the little things like the signs or the costumes, compared to the casinos on The Strip.

    The street is indoors and has a roof where light shows are done everyday, on the hour, for free. They promote themselves of having "the biggest big screen on the planet". The light shows are free, about 5-6 minutes long, with good sound and resolution, and that's the one time where everyone simply stops what they're doing and look up. The day we were there, we had the chance to see a Queen and a Kiss tribute.

    I gotta say that for Queen there were only 2 songs performed, "We will rock you" and "We are the champions" (with pictures of soldiers, firefighters, nurses, doctors and everyone who makes the US a good country) and when they were done I was left asking for more. For
    Kiss, it was "Shout it out loud", "Lick it up" and "Rock and roll all night".

    Between shows, we saw this street artist painting a portrait (picture 4) with spray paint instead of the usual oil or water colors. It was entertaining to see him paint one of the people from the street.

    See the schedules on the Viva Vision page.

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    Fremont Street Experience

    by sue_stone Written Oct 18, 2008

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    Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas (in other words, not on the Strip) is the amazing Fremont Street Experience. Casino lined Fremont Street has been topped with a 427m long canopy which is home to (borrowed from the website) "Viva Vision, the biggest big screen on the planet. More than 12 million lights in the Viva Vision canopy and 550,000 watts of concert quality sound pumped to speakers throughout the venue produce an incredible array of eye-popping imagery and heart pounding music."

    This captivating sound and light show plays hourly, between dusk and midnight. It is very loud and very bright. Check out the photos to try and get an idea.

    Also along the street are old-style casinos, their facades covered in flashing lights and massive neon signs. There is a large stage where a band was playing loudly. Oh, and there was a motorbike display which involved bikes spinning around inside a metal globe - hard to explain and hard to see from the photo, but at one stage there were three guys on full-size bikes riding around inside the globe, some how managing not to smash into each other.

    This part of town is really worth a look, so jump in a taxi from the Strip and come and spend some time one evening experiencing Fremont Street.

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    Tackiness and wonder .....

    by kymbanm Written Oct 27, 2004

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    Freemont St. Light Show

    I LOVE downtown Las Vegas, it reminds me of gansters and hookers. Prices are cheaper than on the strip, and if you are into tacky little Vegas souveniers, this is the place! Especially the kiosks! If it is plastic, silk-screened or tasteless, you will find it here. Freemont Street is best experienced at night - the light show is spectacular! but beware, while looking at the lights, local theives are looking for your wallets... one of the casinos is famous for 'fried twinkies' - gross sounding, I know. But decadent and worth a try ... but not alone, the sugar load will put you into shock since the fried twinkie is covered with powdered sugar and chocolate chips .......

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    Awesome and its FREE!

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2008

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    Freemont Business owners were really smart to create this venue. This I think has saved the original gambling area. They encase the original Vegas strip with a dome, so at night they can have awesome nightly shows that reflect along the whole length of the covering. It is really awesome to see in person.

    Hours of operation: The show plays from dusk to midnight nightly.

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    The Freemont Experience

    by chelibeli Written May 15, 2004

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    The Freemont Street Experience is a light and music show that goes on from 7:00 PM through midnight. Freemont has been closed to traffic and there are vendors with all types of souvenirs and gifts. The street has been covered with a network of lights and a computer runs various scenic shows while appropriate music is played.

    The best to place to watch this, is the balcony (2nd Floor) of the Fitzgerald’s with a tasteful cocktail. BUT GET THERE EARLY to get a seat on the balcony. (FREEBIE)

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    Freemont Streets claim to fame

    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 1, 2004

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    The light show

    This is a computer generated light and sound show that takes place on a canapy stretching over 4 blocks of Freemont Sreet 90ft in the air. They recently did a complete overhaul and added even more lights and a better sound system. Shows are every hour from 8 pm until 12 midnight and vary each hour. It is a must see in my book!

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    The Original Las Vegas....Fremont Street

    by windsorgirl Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    Fremont Street

    Many people don't venture to the old downtown section of Las Vegas, I think it is worth the effort to get here. Here, you will see the stylish neon signs of old like Vegas Vic and Vickie.

    You can also catch an evening light show which is cast upward onto a huge steel canopy which covers the entire street. The shows are shown on the hour beginning at dusk and last about 7 minutes. I'll admit that I was hoping for a more psychedelic experience but instead saw cartoons of space aliens. Regardless, it was still very well done and did I mention, free.

    Fremont street is closed to vehicles so, it is very nice to stroll along the pedestrian mall, enjoying yard long margaritas and free entertainment. It is a great place to shop for cheap souveniers and post cards. It is also easy to visit several casinos in a very short time since they lack the bohemeth proportions of the new Strip Casinos. We stopped into the Golden Nugget to see "the nugget" for which the casino is named. It is the world's largest, weighing in at 61 lbs! It looks like a giant golden turd.

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    The World's Largest Laser-Light-and-Sound Show

    by Dutchnatasja Written Nov 22, 2004

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    The Fremont Street Experience is a 5-block open-air pedestrian mall, a landscaped strip of outdoor cafes, vendor carts, and colorful kiosks purveying food and merchandise.

    You hear a musical heartbeat and lookup as the metal canopy of lights above you explodes with sound and color. When those lights go on, all of the casino and shop lights turn dark. Every night there is a high-tech light-and-laser show (the canopy is equipped with more than 2.1 million lights) enhanced by a concert-hall-quality sound system. It comes toward you and goes past your head at incredible speed.

    The Fremont Street Experience includes "Odyssey: The Illuminating Journey," which travels from the rain forest to the urban jungle, "Dancing in the Street," a musical medley of songs by The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin, as well as tributes to Vegas legends, country music and classic rock. New to the lineup are "Area 51," in which earthlings go head-to-head with a fleet of aliens and "The Drop," a psychedelic adventure kicked off by a single drop of water.

    Amazing what electronics can do these days.

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    * Hours of operation: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight nightly.

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    Fremont Street Experience

    by JanPeter74 Updated Apr 8, 2004

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    To counterattack the large hotels on the Strip, the downtown hotels around Fremont Street created the Fremont Street Experience.

    Fremont Street is covered with a ceiling that is about 1,400 feet long consisting of more than 2 milion lights that are used to project "cartoon" videoclips above your head, supported by music through an enormous speakersystem. These shows are played every hour from dusk till midnight (duration +/- 10 minutes)

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    Take a trip Downtown

    by St_Vincent Written Dec 24, 2005

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    A must do when in Vegas is an evening trip to Freemont Street Downtown. The area houses some of the original Vegas casinos like the Golden Nugget and the home of the World Series of Poker Binions Horseshoe. The casinos are much closer together than they are on the Strip making casino hopping far easier. You will also find a lot more nickel and penny slot machines and lower table minimums for blackjack, roulette etc. But the main event is the evening lightshow, every hour, on the hour, after dusk everyone seems to decamp from the casinos, the lights go down and a wonderful sound and light show begins. It is almost like a carnival atmosphere and it’s free.

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    Fremont Street Experience

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 4, 2012

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    Okay, you are in Las Vegas and you want something that will help relax and have that feel good, glad I came here touch. Then look no further than downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street. High above the street, which is closed off from dusk till midnight, nightly, will be the Viva Vision "Fremont Street Experience". What is it. Well it is a light, music, and display show of cartoon, real life, and dancers. Each show lasts about 6 minutes and is shown on the world's largest screen at 1,500 feet in length. Over 12 million synchronized LED lamps with strobe lights and robotic mirrors fill the overhead arched screen with color and sound that is seen from the blocked off 4 blocks of Fremont Street.

    The best part is that it is free. Bring everyone in your family to stand out on the pedestrian only street and look up for an exciting 6 minutes. Shows come up about every 15 minutes and they are rotated to give a different look each time the lights come up. Parking is in the downtown casinos large parking structures, so walking is not a problem. Parking may cost money at some structures, but look for a free parking validation booth. Join the throngs of locals and tourists alike for this spectacular display. Something different, something to remember and something to talk about when you get home. See my short video of the "Fremont Street Experience"

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    Fremont Experience

    by bilgeez Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    Unless you've been living under a rock or haven't been paying attention, Las Vegas is divided into two sections, The Strip (Mostly along Las Vegas Boulevard) and Downtown (Mostly along Fremont Street).
    The Fremont Experience is a covered 2-block section of Fremont that is completely pedestrian walkway now. The roof is reportedly the world's largest LCD screen where a video show is broadcast for about 15 minutes on the quarter hour, every evening from 6- midnight. Most of the videos are rock or country themed. They are pretty dazzling and exciting.
    There is a zip line that runs about half-way under this canopy. Rides are $20 each during the day, $25 at night, with a $5 discount for re-rides. An all-day pass is $50. You hang about 30-60 feet above the pedestrian plaza, the trip lasts about 15 seconds.
    There are various kiosks on the plaza that sell everything from artwork to cigars.
    Varous shops front the plaza, such as ABC. There are also several souvenier shops along the plaza. There is a Walgreen's off the west end of the plaza, and the Plaza Hotel off the east end.
    Casinos that front the plaza are; The Fitz, Fremont, Four Queens, Binion's, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, and a few smaller one's. There are a couple of gentlemen's clubs, too.
    If you come to Vegas to gamble and eat, this is the place to hang out because you walk around to everything.
    If you want to go out on the Strip there is an express bus that has a stop alongside Binion's and across from the Fremont and Four Queens that will take you there for $3 each way, $5 for a two hour pass, or $7 for a day pass or $20 for a three-day pass. There is an automated bus ticket kiosk at the bus stop that takes cash or credit/debit cards.

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    Don't Miss the Fremont Light/Music Show

    by deecat Updated Jan 31, 2011

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    When we ventured to Fremont Street, it was specifically to experience the Light and Music show [which I had seen 15 years ago when it was first introduced in Vegas. Mickey had never seen it. What is it? The Fremont Street Experience entails the use of the world's largest LED screen that spans the length of five football fields and covers a huge amount of Fremont Street at Las Vegas Boulevard in the downtown portion of Las Vegas. There are shows nightly, and, believe it or not, they are free! It's quite a spectacular event that mesmerizes the crowds who sing along to the music and stare upward at the fascinating lights that create strange and beautiful shapes and designs. See the two photographs.

    It certainly is more sophisticated than it was when I observed it in 1996.

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    Downtown is where its at!

    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 2, 2004

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    Glitter Gulch

    The downtown area of Las Vegas is a must visit. In a area of 4 city blocks you can find many of the original casinos that made LV what it is. You can also find many venders set up with all kinds of cool stuff to buy. This area is known as Glitter Gulch and you will get that feeling of days gone by as you stroll along.

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    Fremont Street Experience

    by ZanieOR Written Apr 4, 2004

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    Watching Fremont St. Experience show

    Downtown and the Fremont Street Experience are a lot of fun.
    As a way of attracting visitors back downtown --where the action used to be in the old days - and to revive its somewhat disreputable reputation in 1994-95 the 11 downtown casinos/hotels built the Fremont St. Experience, which includes a 5-block 1,400 long, 90 ft. tall light and sound show that plays every night on the hour from 7 to 11 p.m.
    The street is blocked off to traffic and there are street performers, vendors, live music, etc etc.
    I think it's a lot of fun, and has been very successful. Fremont St. feels safe, and I think has brought a lot of people who would otherwise stay only on the Strip.

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