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‘Star Wars’ exhibit may be headed for Strip docking

A well-traveled exhibit of “Star Wars” objects may soon dock on the Strip.

The Clark County Planning Commission was scheduled to consider a use-permit application Tuesday night for an 18,500-square-foot “Star Wars” museum and a 2,500-square-foot museum store in CityCenter’s former condominium sales office between the megaresort and Monte Carlo.

CityCenter now sells condominiums out of its Vdara and Veer towers, and a local company says it has a good use for the empty sales office.

The group, called Order 66 Entertainment — presumably named for the Jedi purging in “Episode III” — lists Jay Bloom as its contact. Bloom is also a partner in Murder Inc., the local company behind “The Las Vegas Mob Experience,” a collection of organized-crime artifacts and memorabilia on display at the Tropicana.

Bloom didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Yvette Monet, a spokeswoman with MGM Resorts International, said the company is still negotiating a potential deal, and that MGM Resorts representatives would make a presentation on the museum Tuesday night.

“Though no lease contract has been signed, we are in preliminary discussions with a third party for an exhibit that is tentatively planned with a ‘Star Wars’ theme,” Monet said.

Paperwork filed with the planning commission calls for temporary exhibition space to house “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.”

The Museum of Science, Boston and “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilm Ltd. mounted a traveling exhibition by the same name in October 2005. The exhibit, featuring objects on loan from Lucasfilm, has visited 14 cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Sydney. It’s scheduled to be in Houston from June 18 to Sept. 18.

The use-permit request doesn’t call for changes to the building’s exterior, and notes in writing that the landscaping will stay as is and that signs aren’t a part of the application. It also says the second floor will remain administrative offices.

The application also said that the proposed museum is consistent with other museums and attractions along Las Vegas Boulevard, including “Bodies: The Exhibition” and “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at Luxor, the Madame Tussauds wax museum at The Venetian and Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef.

“Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” would be broken into seven exhibit areas, according to the application. The plans list just one example — a room called “Getting Around,” to display models of “Star Wars” vehicles and “allow guests to develop an understanding of the relationship between technology and science through interaction with the hands-on exhibits.”

An exhibit description from the Museum of Science, Boston includes more details on “Getting Around,” noting that the display includes Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder from “Star Wars: Episode IV,” as well as scale models of X- and Y-wing starfighters.

It also lists an exhibit called “Robots and People,” which lets visitors meet C-3PO and R2-D2, and explore how humans relate to ‘droids.

Another exhibit features a full-size replica of the bridge from Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. Visitors experience a “virtual jump” to light speed, according to the museum.

It’s not the first time “Star Wars” has received serious museum treatment.

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., mounted “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth” in 1997. The 3-year traveling exhibit included more than 200 props, costumes, ship models, and production and conceptual work from the movies.

Contact reporter Jennifer Robison at
jrobison@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4512.

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