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Valet or self, more places now charge for parking


    Firefighters inspected fire damage at the Bellagio on April 13.

There’s more bad news on the paid-parking front in Las Vegas.

As of last week the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas began charging for valet parking, with fees starting at $13. A minimum charge of $7 will be instituted for self-parking beginning May 16. Also, the first of the Caesars Entertainment properties has begun to charge, starting at $5-$7 (depending on the casino) to self-park at the Linq, Bally’s, Paris and Caesars Palace, with valet rates up to $18. And MGM Resorts International, the first to implement fees last year, has raised its rates by $2, to a minimum of $5-$7, for self-parking and by as much as $8, to $25, for valet.

Bellagio fire: A section of the roof over the retail area at Bellagio caught fire last week, causing the Strip to be shut down. A light-fixture malfunction was blamed for the blaze, which was extinguished 19 minutes after it started but still caused an estimated $450,000 in damage to the exterior of the hotel. An evacuation wasn’t necessary and there were no injuries reported.

Sterling price hike: Already the most expensive buffet in Las Vegas, the price of the Sunday Sterling Brunch at Bally’s has been raised by $5, to $95. This one’s in a league of its own pricewise, but it’s also the most opulent in Vegas, featuring king crab legs, American sturgeon caviar and unlimited Perrier-Jouet Champagne.

Britney and JLo: Prompting comparisons with Celine Dion, Britney Spears has become a box office powerhouse at Planet Hollywood. Her shows in the Axis Theater have earned more than $100 million through ticket sales of more than 700,000. No slouch herself, Jennifer Lopez earned $36 million from sales of 170,000 tickets in 2016 alone.

Question: Is the new “Blade Runner” movie being shot in Las Vegas?

Answer: The upcoming movie “Blade Runner 2049” will have a scene set in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t shot here. A future Caesars Palace depicted in the movie that’s set for release in October was filmed in Hungary.

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