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Developer has plans for ‘Star Wars’ museum on Strip

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In this photograph taken by AP Images for Panasonic, Darth Vader arrives to help announce the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray at the Panasonic CES 2011 booth in Las Vegas on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.
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Proposed 'Star Wars' museum

A Las Vegas developer has plans to turn one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time into an attraction on the Strip.

Plans were submitted with the Clark County Planning Commission this week to build a “Star Wars” museum between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York on the Strip.

The proposal was submitted by Order 66 Entertainment LLC, which is controlled by Jay Bloom, who recently opened the Mob Experience at the Tropicana. The land where the museum is planned would be on the site of the CityCenter residential sales office and is owned by MGM Resorts International.

The museum, which would be named “Stars Wars: Where Science meets Imagination,” would showcase props, costumes and models from the original movies, the plan indicated.

The plan calls for a 20,622-square-foot museum and retail sales space in a two-story office building. The first floor would be used for the museum and shopping, and the second floor would be offices.

The plan indicates that the museum would be broken up into seven exhibit spaces with each exhibit representing a different theme. One example in the plan is an exhibit called “Getting Around,” which would display various vehicles from the “Stars Wars” movies.

But as of right now, the “Star Wars” museum is not planned to be a long-term attraction. Bloom stated in his submitted plan that the museum would only be open for six months.

When asked for further details, Bloom said in an email that “it’s too preliminary for me to comment on this project at this time.”

The plan does not give a timeline for development.

Order 66 Entertainment gets its name from a command given to Clone Troopers in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.”

The six live-action “Star Wars” movies will be re-released one at a time in 3D in theaters in February. The movies are also scheduled to be released on Blu-ray in September in a move first announced in Las Vegas at CES earlier this year.

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