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'Star Trek' journey ends in Las Vegas

August 30, 2008|From the Associated Press

Thousands of fans of the "Star Trek" movie and television franchise are converging on Las Vegas to send off the 10-year-old attraction Star Trek: The Experience, which closes Monday with a decommissioning ceremony.

The Las Vegas Hilton attraction has drawn more than 3 million visitors since it opened in 1998, a spokesman said. It offers a place to inhabit all six versions of a TV franchise that spanned almost four decades and spawned 10 movies.

The attraction's owner, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., and the Hilton, its landlord, couldn't agree on terms for a new lease. The two worked as a typical landlord and retail tenant, with Cedar Fair keeping all revenue from the attraction, said hotel spokesman Ira David Sternberg.

Sternberg said officials don't know yet how the space will be used. The lease ends Dec. 31, but it will take four months to disassemble the model ships, strip away the starry sky and return the props-turned-artifacts to Paramount Pictures Corp., which owns the franchise.

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