Are you into video games, sci-fi or the newest gadget? Do you sometimes refer to yourself as a geek, nerd or techie? More and more people are embracing their nerd within and Las Vegas is answering the call for nerdy entertainment. Here are some great places and events where you can get your geek on.
The Sci-Fi Center
600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12
Las Vegas, NV 89104
The Sci-Fi Center is part comic book store and part screening room. It regularly hosts movie screenings, events and even signings with famous horror actors. Many of the screenings are also shadowcasts, with live actors performing the movie in front of the screen. Catch a shadowcast double feature of “Night Of The Living Dead” followed by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, March 9 at 10 p.m.. The cost is $10 and props for audience participation will be available for purchase. To check out all the upcoming events, visit the website or like the Facebook page.
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The Chuck Jones Experience
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
If you grew up watching Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote, then The Chuck Jones Experience is a can’t miss. Visitors to the museum can learn about the famed animator and learn about the process of animation. Guests can record a voice-over, play with a sounds effect station and paint real animation cells. General admission is $19.95 and $14.95 for Nevada residents. The experience is open until 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with the last admission at 9 p.m.
512 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Insert Coins is a bar that features classic video arcade games along with the video game systems of today. Insert Coins has more than 40 nostalgic arcade games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. The LED-illuminated bar is lined with X-boxes and Playstations, showing the games on the 14 large screen TVs behind the bar. Insert Coins has private VIP gaming booths complete with bottle service. At 10 p.m., listen to the best DJs on a high-tech sound system.
The Beat Coffeehouse & Records
520 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Beat is a popular downtown coffeehouse that sells individuality and vinyl. Patrons can listen to a selection of vinyl LPs and then take them home. You’ll find everything from coffee to wine to deviled eggs on the eclectic menu. A second home to the budding downtown tech boom, don’t be surprised if you see Tony Hsieh typing away on his laptop. Beginning in March, every other Tuesday is Trivia Night. The competition starts at 7 p.m. Visit the website for information on open mic and tech meet-up nights.
Rio Hotel and Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
The I-Bar is an ultra lounge inside of the Rio Hotel and Casino. What makes this bar different is that the tables are actually 30-inch Microsoft Surface Tablets. Guests can order drinks, watch videos and play games like “High Roller” bowling and pinball. The tables also have strategically placed video cameras to instigate chats with friends or to flirt with other tables. The I-Bar also features 360 degrees of flat-panel televisions synchronized with music and the occasional DJ.
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