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A New Era for Luxor
Las Vegas Strip Icon Unveils Renovation Plans
LAS VEGAS, NV, Jul 13, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Luxor, a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the most iconic resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, today announced a multi-phase enhancement plan designed to revolutionize the resort and bring new energy to the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. Luxor is partnering with industry leaders to bring exciting new restaurant, nightclub and entertainment amenities to the property.

The evolution is slated to take place in several phases, with Phase One encompassing the casino level where major renovations and additions are already underway, including the much talked-about nightclub LAX Las Vegas and the provocative CatHouse restaurant and lounge. Phase one will culminate with the launch of the new Cirque du Soleil production featuring the illusions of Criss Angel.

"Since its opening, Luxor has been an established landmark on the Las Vegas Strip. Our aim is to be as well known for our outstanding amenities and exemplary service as we are for our iconic exterior," said Felix Rappaport, president and COO of Luxor.

Projects in Phase One of Luxor's evolution:

-- Aurora - Luxor unveiled the new era with Aurora, an inviting 157-seat lounge that brings the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, to life with a dynamic landscape designed by Japanese design firm Super Potato. The lounge, open 24 hours a day, features signature martinis, mojitos and margaritas along with an assortment of contemporary cocktails, wine, beer and a premium selection of non-alcoholic beverages. Aurora also offers European bottle service, wine service and martinis poured tableside. Located in the lobby directly across from the front desk, Aurora serves as the new face of Luxor creating a welcoming atmosphere and glimpse of things to come. (Now Open)

-- LAX Nightclub Las Vegas- One of L.A.'s hottest nightclubs lights up Luxor with star power courtesy of celebrity investors DJ AM and Christina Aguilera. From the creators of PURE Nightclub, LAX Las Vegas will combine the best of its Los Angeles namesake with the energy and excitement that only Pure Management Group can create. Catering to a sophisticated Hollywood crowd, LAX will be the destination of choice for discriminating club-goers, A-list celebrities and the social jet set. The intimate surroundings and incomparable DJ line-up will have nightlife aficionados itching to catch a glimpse of Las Vegas' newest hotspot. With polished hip decor created by chic Los Angeles designer Thomas Schoos, LAX Las Vegas will transform the space formerly occupied by RA. (Opens Labor Day 2007)

-- Noir Bar - Pure Management Group brings an all-new style of nightlife to Las Vegas with Noir Bar, an ultra-exclusive nightspot designed to cater only to the most elite clientele. While a part of Luxor's new nightlife scene, Noir's main entrance will be outside of the resort providing patrons private access to the venue without having to step foot on the casino floor. Reminiscent of a modern speakeasy, only those fortunate enough to get on the elite guest list will be allowed entrance through Noir's secret passageway into the stunning candle-lit bar layered in rich leathers and gleaming crystals. An intimate spot where guests can enjoy European bottle service, sip specialty drinks created tableside and sample scrumptious desserts from an antique-style French dessert cart, Noir Bar caters exclusively to the high-end club customer looking for a truly exclusive nightlife experience. (Opens Labor Day 2007)

-- Company - The third restaurant from nightlife and dining pacesetters Pure Management Group, Company will reinvent the concept of the American Bistro. Encompassing more than 10,000 square feet, the restaurant will feature a fireside lounge surrounded by aspen trees and hurricane lamp candles, a state-of-the-art wine room and a uniquely American menu. A team of talented chefs brought in from some of the most famous restaurants in the world will create a menu of tantalizing American entrees where patrons will have the luxury of customizing their meal from top to bottom. Selections of fresh fish and prime cuts of meat will serve as the canvas and then it's up to the customer to choose the rest, from cooking style to sides. With celebrity investors Nicky Hilton, Nick Lachey and Wilmer Valderrama, Company will create a fine-dining experience that is trendy yet comfortable. Located next to LAX, Company will come to life through the handiwork of acclaimed New York-based design firm AvroKO. This is the second project in Las Vegas for AvroKO, which has a strong reputation for designing stylish, state-of-the-art restaurants and residential properties. (Opens October2007)

-- Flight - Luxor prepares for take-off with Flight, a new bar opening adjacent to LAX. Designed by Thomas Schoos to carry LAX's unique design onto the casino floor, Flight will offer a 40-seat lounge as well as a full bar serving the latest in premium cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic selections. (Opens Fall 2007)

-- CatHouse - A relaxed, sexy restaurant and European ultra lounge, CatHouse is a modern interpretation of a 19th century French bordello, with voyeuristic visual elements and provocatively attired staff. Executive Chef Kerry Simon has created an eclectic menu featuring small, tapas-style plates that will create an interactive dining experience, making it an excellent choice for both large groups as well as couples. The atmosphere in the dining room will be sultry with low-light chandeliers, tufted fabric walls and a cobalt blue color scheme, while the ultra lounge portion of the venue is a predominantly red room, designed to create an intimate, seductive, yet elegant setting that will make every customer feel like a VIP. Elevated platforms throughout the venue will feature sexy performers modeling CatHouse's own line of lingerie while performing choreographed vignettes. Located in the spot formerly occupied by Isis and the Sacred Sea Room, CatHouse will be a lavish night out. (Opens Fall 2007)

-- Luxor Steak House - Designer Thomas Schoos will add a touch of safari to Luxor with the remodeled Luxor Steak House. Featuring deep chocolate browns, rich dark leather and animal prints, the designer will bring the outdoors in through an approachable new design. While beef will remain the main focus, the new menu also will feature fresh seafood, veal and lamb, offering the finest ingredients from small family farms and specialty Artisan sources. (Open March 2008)

-- Liquidity - Super Potato brings water to life with Liquidity. Located in the center of Luxor's trademark pyramid, Liquidity will feature a bar and three separate lounge areas draped in water. Using cutting-edge technology, Liquidity's one-of-a-kind design will center on a projection system that uses water as a canvas. With a modern, sleek design Liquidity will become a focal point for the remodeled casino floor. (Opens Fall 2007)

-- Casino Floor - The water theme of Liquidity will flow out onto the casino floor with new carpet, wall coverings, wave-patterned columns and alluring light fixtures all in varying shades of cool blues and vibrant purples and plums. Custom-designed ergonomic slot bases and chairs will provide a hip, contemporary look and feel, mirroring the dynamic energy of the new casino floor venues. (Completed May 2008)

-- Restore Pool Lounge - Taking the personal service and luxurious offerings of Luxor outside, the recently opened Restore Pool Lounge offers guests 21 years of age and older a spa-like sanctuary. Sleek chaises, cabanas and daybeds provide a plush lounging environment where amenities such as iced towels and frozen fruit slices ensure guests an upscale pool experience. (Opened July 2007)

-- Cirque du Soleil (previously announced) - Luxor will partner with Cirque du Soleil to reinvent the traditional magic show with renowned illusionist Criss Angel. Slated to open in a custom theater, Cirque du Soleil is working with Angel to fuse his revolutionary illusions and mind-blowing artistry with acrobatics, dance, puppetry, music and poetry to tell a story, taking audiences on a bizarre and fascinating journey. (Opens Summer 2008)

In 2008, Luxor's second phase of evolution will encompass changes to the property's signature atrium and galleria areas including several retail changes, a re-branded coffee shop and new buffet. The third phase will focus on room remodeling and is planned to begin in 2009.

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Media Contact:
Jenn Michaels
MGM MIRAGE Public Relations
(702) 891-7272

SOURCE: MGM MIRAGE


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