The Linq is a 2,640-room hotel and shopping promenade on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation; as of 2012, the casino is 32,890 sq ft with 830 slot machines, 55 table games, a race and sports book. It opened in 1959 as the 180-room Flamingo Capri motel, located adjacent to the Flamingo hotel and casino. Ralph Engelstad purchased the property in 1971, added a casino the following year. In 1977, the hotel had 650 rooms, after the completion of its Imperial Palace Tower; the resort was reopened as the Asian-themed Imperial Palace in 1979. Several additional hotel towers were added during the 1980s, bringing the resort's room count to an ultimate total of 2,637, after the completion of a fifth and final hotel tower in 1987. At the time of Engelstad's death in 2002, the resort had 2,600 employees and was the second-largest owned hotel in the world. In 2012, the resort was renamed as The Quad; the resort was renamed again after a $223 million renovation.
The property began as the $2 million, 180-room Flamingo Capri motel, owned by George E. Goldberg and Bill Capri; the motel was built directly north of Casino, where Capri was an employee. The motel began construction in May 1959, with a planned completion date of August 15, 1959. Douglas Honnold and John Rex, both of Beverly Hills, were the architects. Maurice N. Aroff of Beverly Hills was the general contractor; the Flamingo Capri opened in 1959. The original Flamingo agreed to provide hotel services to guests at the Capri. Ralph Engelstad purchased the motel in 1971, added a casino in 1972. Prior to the addition of a casino, the motel had 250 employees. In 1973, four motel buildings from the Flamingo Capri were relocated and converted to become part of Engelstad's other property, the Kona Kai motel. Engelstad's construction company added a three-story wing at the east end of the motel, as well as a northern addition, both of which opened in 1974 along with the Shangri-la pool. By 1976, the motel was being operated as part of the Best Western hotel chain, while retaining the Flamingo Capri name.
The new Imperial Palace Tower, which raised the number of rooms from 300 to 650, was completed in July 1977. The property re-opened as the Asian-themed Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino on November 1, 1979, with the number of employees increasing to 1,000. Merlin J. Barth was the architect of the resort, themed after an Asian palace. Engelstad chose the Oriental theme, Barth chose blue tile imported from Japan for the roof of the resort, having been influenced by Japanese temples; the interior featured the Oriental theme as well, included carved dragons and giant wind chime chandeliers. At the time of opening, the resort included Court of a Thousand Treasures, a four-story shopping arcade with 60 stores, overlooking the east end of the 30,000 sq ft casino; the Imperial Theatre showroom with 850 seats was opened in June 1980. In addition to live shows, the showroom was expanded to be used for filming of sports and entertainment television specials. A second hotel tower with 850 rooms was added in early 1981.
The Auto Collections opened on December 1, 1981, on the fifth floor of a new parking garage, added that year. A 650-room hotel tower opened in August 1982, bringing the total room count to more than 1,500. By 1982, the shopping arcade included the free Imperial Palace School of Gaming, for gamblers who did not know how to play; the school operated as a mini casino overlooking the main 40,000 sq ft casino. During the 1980s, the resort served as the starting and finishing location of the annual Imperial Palace Antique Auto Run. In 1984, a couple from Missouri were assaulted in their guest room by a man dressed as a hotel employee, they were beaten and gagged, the wife was raped. The assailant was never caught; the couple sued the Imperial Palace. The lawsuit lasted until at least 1989, with allegations that hotel employees destroyed evidence relating to their security practices; the case was settled on undisclosed terms. The lawsuit would lead indirectly to more trouble for the casino. In 1988, several employees, angry about being placed on leave as punishment for talking to the plaintiff attorney, began speaking to the Gaming Control Board and local media about two Nazi-themed parties Engelstad had held at the Imperial Palace.
The parties were held in Engelstad's so-called "war room", which featured a large collection of World War II Nazi memorabilia, including a portrait of Engelstad in the likeness of Hitler. A national controversy ensued. Engelstad claimed the collection was purely of historical interest, not meant to glorify the Nazis; the Gaming Control Board recommended that Engelstad lose his gaming license and be fined $200,000 for reflecting poorly on the reputation of the Nevada gaming industry. An agreement was reached whereby Engelstad kept his license, but paid $1.5 million in penalties. In 1985, the parking garage was expanded to include more than 1,000 additional parking spaces, becoming one of the largest parking facilities in Las Vegas. In December 1985, the foundation was laid for a 560-room hotel addition, completed in 1986 as the resort's fourth tower, bringing the room count total to 2,100; the Imperial Palace became the seventh largest hotel in the world, had more than 2,200 employees. In 1986, the casino was expanded by 15,000 square feet, convention facilities were increased from 25,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft.
A fifth and final hotel tower, standing 19 stories with 547 rooms, was completed in
Mandalay Bay is a 43-story luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is operated by MGM Resorts International. One of the property's towers operates as the Delano. Mandalay Bay has 24 elevators and a casino of 135,000 square feet. Adjacent to the hotel is the 2,000,000 square feet Mandalay Bay Convention Center and the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center; the Mandalay Bay Tram connects the resort to its sister properties and Luxor, all three of which were constructed by Circus Circus Enterprises before its sale to MGM. In 1995, Circus Circus Enterprises bought the Hacienda for $80 million and an adjacent 74-acre site for $73 million, they closed the Hacienda on December 1, 1996, razed it a month on New Year's Eve. Plans for the tropical-themed "Project Paradise" were revealed the same day, with an estimated budget of $800 million to $1 billion. In February 1998 the project was renamed Mandalay Bay to evoke the exotic tropical romanticism of the poem "Mandalay."Problems arose during construction because of excessive and uneven settling of the soil beneath the building.
Rumors about the severity of the issues depressed Circus Circus's stock price. The problem was solved by installing 536 micropiles below the building, at an estimated cost of $8 million to $10 million; the resort opened on March 2, 1999, with grand opening festivities that included the Blues Brothers leading a procession of 200 motorcycles to Mandalay Bay's front doors, a concert by Bob Dylan at the House of Blues. In June 1999, Circus Circus changed its name to Mandalay Resort Group. Construction of a major convention center at Mandalay Bay was begun in June 2001, with its opening set for the summer of 2002. After a delay in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center opened in January 2003. With 1.5 million square feet of space, it was the fifth largest convention center in the nation. On May 23, 2002, the Mandalay Resort Group announced a second 1,122-room hotel tower, with a cost of at least $200 million. Construction began on the project in September 2002.
The name of the tower, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, was revealed in October 2003. The tower opened on December 17, 2003. In February 2005, Mandalay Resort Group was sold to MGM Mirage, which owns the resort; the acquisition was finalized on April 25, 2005. On October 1, 2017, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival, from a room on the 32nd floor of the hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546; the shooting ended when Paddock committed suicide before Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers reached the hotel room. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in modern U. S. history. The shooting brought attention to a legal device called a bump-fire stock, used to mimic an automatic weapon. Automatic weapons are restricted by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986; the gold coloring of the hotel is a result of gold leaf used on the windows. Levels 40-42 are designed as penthouse suites, with a penthouse lounge on level 62 for guests staying in the penthouses.
Level 43 is a restaurant and bar. Five floors of the main hotel building are occupied by the five-star and AAA Five-Diamond Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas; the resort's second tower, with 45 stories and 1,117 suites operated as THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, now operates as Delano Las Vegas. Each suite is at least 750 square feet. A production of the classic Broadway musical Chicago debuted at Mandalay Bay's 1999 grand opening and ran for one year. Storm, an original production show featuring Latin music, ran from April 2001 to July 2002. Mamma Mia! was a long-running stage production at the resort from 2003 to 2009. The show was replaced with Disney's The Lion King, which opened on May 15, 2009, its run ended in 2011 to make way for Michael Jackson: One, by Cirque du Soleil, which opened May 2013. Another popular attraction is the House of Blues, a venue for live music and a restaurant, with a capacity of 1,800. On the top floor of the hotel is the House of Blues Foundation Room, featuring a dining room, private dining rooms, a balcony looking down the Las Vegas Strip.
Mandalay Beach is an 11-acre pool area with three heated pools, a wave pool with connecting pool for small children, a lazy river that features a small waterfall. The wave machine was designed and manufactured by Scottish Company Murphys Waves Ltd and features 1.6 million gallons of water and waves in 45 to 90 second intervals with heights ranging anywhere from two to four feet. The wave machine can produce surfing waves up to 10ft high but these are only used during special events, it has a strict 48" height requirement. The European-style pool, called Moorea, features its own private bar as well as the allowance of female guests to bathe topless; as a result, Moorea is separated from the rest of the pool by smoked glass windows and an over-21 requirement. There are two restaurants at the Beach; the pool area won the Las Vegas Review Journal's Reader's "Best Pool of Las Vegas" award for seven years in a row. One pool remains open throughout the winter months. In keeping with the resort's tropical theme, it features a saltwa
Flamingo Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation; the property includes a 72,300 square-foot casino along with 3,626 hotel rooms. The architectural theme is reminiscent of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style of Miami and South Beach. Staying true to its theme, the hotel includes a garden courtyard which serves as a wildlife habitat for flamingos; the hotel was the third resort to open on the Strip and remains the oldest resort on the Strip in operation today. The Flamingo has a Las Vegas Monorail station called the Flamingo & Caesars Palace station at the rear of the property. After opening in 1946, it has undergone a number of ownership changes; the Flamingo site occupies 40 acres owned by one of Las Vegas' first settlers, Charles "Pops" Squires. Squires paid $8.75 an acre for the land. In 1944, Margaret Folsom bought the tract for $7,500 from Squires, she later sold it to Billy Wilkerson. Wilkerson was the owner of The Hollywood Reporter as well as some popular nightclubs in the Sunset Strip: Cafe Trocadero, Ciro's and La Rue's.
In 1945, Wilkerson purchased 33 acres on the east side of U. S. Route 91, or about a mile south of the Hotel Last Frontier, in preparation for his vision. Wilkerson hired George Vernon Russell to design a hotel influenced by European style. Wilkerson requested that the hotel be different than the "sawdust joints" on Fremont Street, he planned a hotel with luxurious rooms, a spa, a health club, a showroom, a golf course, a nightclub, an upscale restaurant and a French style casino. Because of high wartime material costs, Wilkerson ran into financial problems at once, finding himself $400,000 short and hunting for new financing. In late 1945, mobster Bugsy Siegel and his partners came to Las Vegas. Vegas piqued Siegel and his mob's interest because of its legalized gambling and off-track betting. At the time, Siegel held a large interest in a racing publication. Siegel began by purchasing El Cortez on Fremont Street for $600,000, his expansion plans were hampered by unfriendly city officials aware of his criminal background, so Siegel began looking for a site outside the city limits.
Hearing that Wilkerson was seeking extra funding and his partners posed as businessmen and directly bought a two-thirds stake in the project. Siegel took over the final phases of construction and convinced more of his underworld associates, such as Meyer Lansky to invest in the project. Siegel lost patience with the project's rising costs, he once mentioned to his builder, Del Webb, that he had killed 16 men; when Webb appeared scared upon hearing that, Siegel reassured him, "Don't worry – we only kill each other."Siegel had built a secret ladder in the "Presidential Suite" to escape if necessary. The ladder led down to an underground garage where a chauffeured limo was waiting. Siegel opened The Flamingo Hotel & Casino on December 26, 1946, at a total cost of $6 million. Billed as "The West's Greatest Resort Hotel", the 105-room property – and first luxury hotel on the Strip – was built 4 miles from Downtown Las Vegas. During construction, a large sign announced the hotel as a William R. Wilkerson project.
The sign read Del Webb Construction as the hotel's primary contractor and Richard R. Stadelman as the building architect. Siegel named the resort after his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, who loved to gamble and was nicknamed "Flamingo", it is reported that Siegel called her this because of her skinny legs. Organized crime king, Lucky Luciano, wrote in his memoir that Siegel once owned an interest in the Hialeah Park Race Track and viewed the flamingos who populated nearby as a good omen; the "Flamingo" name is reported to have been given to the project at its inception by Wilkerson. Siegel's trouble with the Flamingo began when, a year after its official groundbreaking, the resort had produced no revenue and drained the resources of its mob investors. Meyer Lansky charged – at a major mob conference in Cuba – that either Siegel or Hill was skimming from the resort's building budget; this charge was amplified at a time when Hill was revealed to have taken $2.5 million and had gone to Switzerland, where the skimmed money was believed to be going.
"There was no doubt in Meyer's mind," Luciano recalled in his memoir, "that Bugsy had skimmed this dough from his building budget, he was sure that Siegel was preparing to skip as well as skim, in case the roof was gonna fall in on him." Luciano and the other mob leaders in Cuba asked Lansky. Torn because of long ties to Siegel, whom he considered like a brother, Lansky agreed that someone stealing from his friends had to die. At first, Lansky persuaded the others to wait for the Flamingo's casino opening: if it was a success, Siegel could be persuaded in other ways to repay. Luciano persuaded the others to agree; the splashy opening – stars present included Spanish band leader Xavier Cugat, George Jessel, George Raft, Rose Marie, Jimmy Durante as entertainment, with guests including Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Cesar Romero, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, others – was a flop. Lansky managed to persuade the mob chiefs to reprieve Siegel once more and allow the Flamingo more time, but by January 1947 Siegel had to order.
The Flamingo re-opened in March despite the hotel not being complete, this time, the results proved different. By May, the resort reported a $250,000 profit, allowing Lansky to point out that Siege
O'Sheas Casino is a casino located within The Linq, a hotel-casino and shopping promenade on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. O'Sheas opened in 1989 and operated in between the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino and the Flamingo Las Vegas. Owner Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced in 2011 that O'Sheas would close and be relocated to become part of the company's new shopping promenade nearby, known as The Linq. O'Sheas reopened in its new location in December 2013; the revitalized O'Sheas has three bars - the main Dublin Up Bar, the Lucky Bar and the exterior-facing Blarney Bar. The casino includes beer pong tables, a stage, a dance floor and a pit with games including blackjack and craps. Hilton Nevada Corporation broke ground for the Irish-themed O'Sheas casino on September 7, 1988, with an opening planned for June 1, 1989; the project was built on the Las Vegas Strip, north of the company's Flamingo Hilton hotel-casino. The five-story building included three floors for parking space.
The $22 million casino, with 30,000 sq ft, would increase Hilton Nevada's casino space on the Strip by 30 percent. Its target clientele was middle-income tourists. R. Duell & Associates of Los Angeles was the designer, Rissman & Rissman of Las Vegas was the architect. O'Sheas was designed to resemble an Irish pub, would include hardwood floors, Irish artifacts, detailed wall designs; the casino would include 650 slot machines, 19 table games, a sportsbook, as well as a lounge, snack bar, restaurant. Construction was still underway in May 1989, O'Sheas opened that year, it was operated in conjunction with the Flamingo Hilton. Unlike most of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, prior to this date O'Sheas was not part of a resort and had no hotel. O'Sheas was featured in the 1997 movie Vegas Vacation, when character, Rusty Griswold, won a car through a slot machine sitting outside the casino. On February 26, 2000, O'Sheas made the 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records by having 220 patrons contribute to the largest crowd to participate in a nationwide toast.
The Great Guinness Toast, as it is called, was tallied nationwide as having 320,470 participants. That broke the previous year's record of 197,846 participants. In 2006, Vince Neil, lead singer of the band Mötley Crüe, opened Vince Neil Ink, a tattoo parlor inside of O'Sheas, it featured a room called "The Stage", visible from the Las Vegas Strip, so visitors could watch the tattoo artists work from outside. Owner Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced in August 2011 that as part of The Linq shopping project nearby, O'Sheas would close and be relocated there. O'Sheas closed on April 30, 2012. On May 1, 2012, the 7 story parking structure for O'Sheas was imploded as part of The Linq project. O'Sheas reopened on December 27, 2013, located in The Linq shopping promenade; the new location contains 5,000 sq ft. It is connected to the casino floor at The Linq hotel-casino. O'Sheas targets, attracts, younger crowds in their 20s and early 30s; the casino offered low minimums on table games, a poker room, a World Series of Beer Pong branded beer pong area.
Before being purchased by Caesars Entertainment, O'Sheas branded itself as having low minimums and liberal rules on table games, thus attempting to draw "locals" and savvy, low-minimum gamblers. After being acquired by Harrah's, O'Sheas offered the least advantageous table games in Nevada on Blackjack, had branded itself as a "party" casino; the casino offers five beer pong tables in addition to the other games. Official website
The Cromwell Las Vegas
The Cromwell Las Vegas is a luxury boutique hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation; the property was the site of Empey's Desert Villa from 1952. In 1979, it became Barbary Coast; the casino was opened on March 2, 1979 at a cost of $11.5 million. Over time, this property, along with others owned by Gaughan would become Coast Casinos Inc. Gaughan shared partnership in the Barbary Coast with Kenny Epstein, Tito Tiberti, Frank Toti and Jerry Herbst. In July 2005, Boyd Gaming purchased the Barbary Coast Hotel. In September 2005, Boyd purchased the 4.3 acres of land. The hotel had been leasing the land. In 2007, Boyd gave the Barbary Coast to Harrah's Entertainment in exchange for the 11-acre site of the demolished Westward Ho, to be used for the Echelon Place project; the Barbary Coast closed at 2:00 a.m. on February 27 and reopened on March 1 as the newly rebranded Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon, in honor of company founder Bill Harrah.
After nearly six years of continuous operations, Bill's closed on February 4, 2013, for complete renovation into a luxury boutique hotel. Plans called for complete renovation of the entire property, the guest rooms and casino floor, a new restaurant, construction of a 65,000 square foot rooftop pool and dayclub/nightclub. Caesars announced in March 2013 that the hotel would be renovated at a cost of $185 million and converted to an outpost of the New York-based Gansevoort Hotels chain of boutique luxury hotels, with 188 rooms, a 40,000 square foot casino, a 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor beach club/nightclub overseen by Victor Drai. In October 2013, Caesars terminated its agreement with Gansevoort and said that it would continue the redevelopment of Bill's without the Gansevoort name; the move came after Massachusetts gambling regulators recommended denying Caesars a license for a proposed casino at the Suffolk Downs racetrack, due to alleged connections between one of the Gansevoort's investors and the Russian mafia.
Plans announced in late 2013 indicated that Giada De Laurentiis would open her first restaurant in the new hotel and that Caesars would run the hotel. Caesars confirmed on January 2014, that the hotel would be named The Cromwell, it marked its soft opening to guests on April 21, 2014. The hotel rooms were available starting May 21, 2014. In July 2014, Giada De Laurentiis opened her first restaurant, called GIADA, inside the resort; the restaurant offers seating in the dining room, lounge, or outdoor patio with views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace. The GIADA menu includes Italian cuisine with Californian influences, including "lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni". Family-style and gluten-free options are available, as well as an antipasto station. Restaurant guests can watch chefs prepare food from the open kitchen. In 1997, Victor Drai opened Drai’s restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip.
Two years Drai added a nightclub to the restaurant, re-branding it Drai’s After Hours. In Vegas Seven's 2012 Nightclub Awards, Drai's After Hours won "Best Place to Disappear". Drai opened his latest Las Vegas club project, Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub, on Memorial Day Weekend 2014, at the resort; this 65,000-square-foot venue has a party pool and an indoor/outdoor club spread out over two levels on top of the new Cromwell Hotel. List of Caesars Entertainment properties List of casinos in Nevada Official website Media related to The Cromwell Las Vegas at Wikimedia Commons
Circus Circus Las Vegas
Circus Circus Las Vegas is a hotel, 123,928 sq ft casino, RV park located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. It is operated by MGM Resorts International. Circus Circus features circus acts and carnival type games daily on the Midway. Circus Circus is the largest permanent big top in the world; the Lucky The Clown marquee at the entrance was provided by Young Electric Sign Company and was constructed in 1976. Previous owners of Circus Circus Las Vegas were Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin and Mandalay Resort Group known as Circus Circus Enterprises Circus Circus was opened on October 18, 1968 by Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin, becoming the flagship casino for Circus Circus Enterprises. Architects Rissman and Rissman Associates designed a giant circus tent shaped main structure, built by R. C. Johnson Construction of Las Vegas. At its opening, the $15 million facility only included a casino; the lack of a hotel resulted in financial problems, as the casino was not able to attract high rollers.
Sarno obtained a $23 million loan from the Teamsters Pension Fund to construct a hotel. As part of the arrangement, the Chicago Outfit's enforcer, Anthony Spilotro was granted a gift shop concession in the hotel. In addition to a government investigation into the organized-crime connections and Mallin were being investigated for tax code violations; the casino's financial problems continued and Sarno, along with his partner Stanley Mallin, decided to sell out. In 1974, ownership changed with the sale of the casino to William Bennett and William Pennington for $25 million; the facility was expanded with hotel tower additions in 1972, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1996. A blog reported that on July 1, 2009, Slots-A-Fun would begin the re-branding process in order to be incorporated into Circus Circus; the hotel rooms are located in several buildings including: The West Tower The Casino Tower The Skyrise Tower Circus Circus Manor Motor Lodge RV Park Circus Circus offers: Slots-A-Fun Casino Ballrooms – space for up to 600 people Race and Sports Book – 80 seats, with 18 big screens Three swimming pools "Chapel of the Fountain" The Adventuredome is a 5-acre indoor amusement park located within the resort.
The park is inside a large pink glass dome connected to the hotel and offers 25 rides and attractions including the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, rock climbing wall, 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade, clown shows, Xtreme Zone, Pikes Pass, Virtual Reality Zone, Midway Games, carnival-type games. Splash Zone Las Vegas Newest Water Park, it features thrilling a kiddie playground. The hotel's famous midway was featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. In his journalistic novel of the early 1970s, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, "The Circus-Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war; this is the sixth Reich. The ground floor is full of gambling tables, like all the other casinos... but the place is about four stories high, in the style of a circus tent, all manner of strange County-Fair/Polish Carnival madness is going on up in this space." When the Thompson work was adapted to film in 1998, the fictional "Bazooko Circus" was a thinly veiled stand-in for the world-famed resort, which had refused permission for the filmmakers to shoot on their property.
The Adventuredome Theme Park and the Canyon Blaster roller coaster were featured in the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses. The theme park was known as Joyworld in the movie. Characters in 1977's post-apocalyptic Damnation Alley seek out at the abandoned Circus Circus to play. In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Vanessa sneak into the Circus Circus. In the 1992 movie Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, the oversized child Adam is shown laughing and smiling at the Lucky the Clown pylon; the Midway was featured in the 1978 film Corvette Summer, when Mark Hamill was being lured into a scam by a "salesman". In the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Circus Circus is featured as The Clown's Pocket. A recreation of the hotel called "Ringmaster" can be found in the 2014 racing video game The Crew, near the northern end of the strip. In the TV series Vega$, private detective Dan Tanna lived in a converted warehouse next to Circus Circus, was shown driving past the resort in his classic Ford Thunderbird. Official website Vegas.com
Luxor Las Vegas
Luxor Las Vegas is a 30-story hotel and casino situated on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The hotel is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and has a 120,000-square-foot casino with over 2,000 slot machines and 87 table games. After the 2008–2009 renovation work, the hotel's management modernized the property in its design to contain a total of 4,407 rooms; the hotel's rooms line the interior walls of the main tower, which has a pyramid shape, other recent 22-story twin ziggurat towers. The hotel is named for the city of Luxor in Egypt; as of 2010, the Luxor was designated as a 4 Key rating from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, which evaluates what is known as "sustainable hotel operations." The hotel features inclined elevators. Ground breaking for the Luxor occurred in March 1992 and the resort opened at 4 AM on October 15, 1993, to a crowd of 10,000 people; when it opened, the pyramid, which cost $375 million to build, was the tallest building on the strip and contained 2,526 rooms and a 100,000 sq ft casino.
The resort was financed by “petty cash” earned from other Circus Circus Enterprises properties and did not include any outside financial investors. The hotel's pyramid is similar in size to the Red Bent Pyramid of Egypt. A theater and two additional towers totaling 2,000 rooms were added in 1998 for $675 million; when the resort opened, it featured the Nile River Tour, a river ride that carried guests to different parts of the pyramid and passed by pieces of ancient artwork on a river that encircled the casino. The casino featured King Tut’s Tomb and Museum, a duplicate of King Tutankhamen’s tomb as found in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt. On May 7, 2007, a vehicle exploded in a Luxor Hotel parking garage due to a homemade pipe bomb which left one dead. Local authorities believe the victim, a 24-year-old employee at Nathan's Famous hot dog restaurant in the Luxor food court, was the intended target; the hotel was not evacuated, operations continued uninterrupted, the parking structure as well as the casino were undamaged.
Two men were found guilty of the bombing, in 2010 were sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In July 2007, owner MGM Resorts International announced plans to renovate the Luxor, spending $300 million to remodel 80% of Luxor's public areas, removing much of the ancient Egyptian theme and replacing it with more adult-oriented and modern lounges and clubs. Luxor Las Vegas includes 20,000 sq ft of convention space, four swimming pools and whirlpools, a wedding chapel, Nurture Spa and Salon, 29 retail stores; the Luxor is home to two shows which consist of "Fantasy", comedian Carrot Top. The hotel began hosting in 2009 “Bodies: The Exhibition,” an educational display on the human body, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” replacing their three-story arcade. From 2000 to 2005, the Luxor Theatre was the home of the performance-art show Blue Man Group, which moved to the Venetian Las Vegas. Blue Man Group returned to the Luxor Theatre starting November 18, 2015. Inside the pyramid was an IMAX-Cinema, operating from 1996 to 2008.
At time of the opening it was one out of 20 IMAX screens. On August 31, 2007, LAX Nightclub opened at a party hosted by Britney Spears. A number of other celebrities, including Christina Aguilera, have hosted events at the club; the two-level, 26,000 sq ft venue contains 78 VIP tables and Noir Bar, which according to the Las Vegas Review Journal is an “ultra-elite bar” with a reservations-only policy. LAX Nightclub was closed on April 1, 2017 and was transformed into an eSports venue, eSports Arena Las Vegas. Work on the eSports Arena began in July 2017 and completed in March 2018. Additional nightlife destinations within Luxor include CatHouse, Aurora and Flight. Luxor Las Vegas has the largest atrium in the world at 29 million cubic feet. At 42.3 billion candela, the Luxor Sky Beam is the strongest beam of light in the world, using curved mirrors to collect the light from 39 xenon lamps and focus them into one intense, narrow beam. On a clear night, the Sky Beam is visible up to 275 miles away by aircraft at cruising altitude, such as over Los Angeles.
Each of the 39 lamps is a 7,000 watt Xenotech fixture costing about $1,200. When at full power, the system costs $51 an hour to operate, with $20 per hour of that just for its 315,000 watts of electricity; the beam has operated reliably since first enabled on October 15, 1993. The lamp room is about 50 feet below the top of the building and serviced by a staff of two workers during the day; the room's temperature is about 300 °F. Since 2008, only half the lamps are lit as energy saving measure. Luxor is located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip; the resort is flanked by the Mandalay Bay by the Excalibur to the north. All three properties were built by Circus Circus Enterprises, which in 1999 became Mandalay Resort Group, succeeded by MGM Mirage in April 2005; this destination hotel is viewed as a prime example of 1990s Postmodern architecture, appeared on the cover of architecture scholar James Steele's book Architecture Today. Since opening in 1993, the hotel has appeared in numerous films including the 1996 film Mars Attacks! and the film 2012.
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