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Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | 11:33 a.m.
The company that operates the Fremont Street Experience sued the owner of the Plaza hotel Monday for alleged nonpayment of a required monthly assessment to help manage the downtown attraction.
Fremont Street Experience LLC alleged that Tamares Real Estate Investments LLC of New York stopped making payments in June and owes $429,990. The assessment equates to $39,090 a month, according to the lawsuit filed in Clark County District Court.
A Plaza spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.
The lawsuit stated that Tamares had been making the monthly payments from February 2006 through last May. As a member of the Fremont Street Experience, Tamares is included in the attraction's print advertising, website and overhead Viva Vision display, the lawsuit stated.
The Fremont Street Experience alleged that it has made repeated requests of Tamares to pay the assessments that are owed but that the Plaza owner "continues to refuse to pay all monies due." The assessments are used to help operate and maintain the Fremont Street Experience.
The battered economy reportedly forced the Plaza hotel late last year to lay off some employees and temporarily close some hotel rooms and restaurants.
The Plaza, renovated in 2011, has a lobby that features marble and inlaid mosaic tiles, chandeliers and a plush front desk that matches the classic Las Vegas feel with a contemporary look.
The hotel has 1,003 rooms and suites that showcase views of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. Amenities include world-class entertainment, a casino floor that offers an array of classic gaming choice, which include 600 slot machines, a 400-seat bingo room, 18 table games and 57,120 square feet of casino space.
Among the dining options is Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads, a steakhouse opened by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, which is located in the glittery dome enclosure above the hotel's main entrance.
The Plaza sits at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience on the site of the first train depot and auction site in Las Vegas, dating back to the San Pedro-Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad in 1905. The railroad was sold to Union Pacific in 1921 and the depot was demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel, built in 1971.
The hotel has been featured or is visible in several movies, including the 1971 James Bond film, "Diamonds are Forever;" the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II;" the 1995 move "Casino," and the 2000 movie "Pay it Forward."