Historic Las Vegas neon signs shine bright again in 'Brilliant' display

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 08:31:10-05

Las Vegas visitors, starting Thursday, will be able to see many of the city's classic neon signs as they were decades ago.

The signs are now broken and missing lights at the Neon Museum's large outdoor gravel lot surrounded by a security wall.

Restoring each one would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

So the museum is using projection mapping at night to make it look like the signs are shining their neon again.  The performance is called "Brilliant!". 

The type of augmented reality projects life-like digital animations of what the signs were once like onto the old signs themselves.

The forty unrestored marquees have been worn by the beating sun and twisted by desert winds.

They include signs that drew visitors to the Golden Nugget, Lady Luck, Binion's Horseshoe and the Stardust.

Performances will take place at 6, 7, 8, and 9:00 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.  Tickets are $15 for locals and $23 for general admission.