Modern Marvels

Season 6 Episode 2

Las Vegas Hotels

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 03, 1998 on The History Channel
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Eleven of the world's largest hotels are in Las Vegas. The story of Las Vegas' emergence from the desert and transformation into one of the world's most stories destinations has been told many times, but this fascinating program zeroes in on the heart of the Mecca for tourism in Nevada the grand hotels that are some of the most sophisticated buildings ever constructed.moreless
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    "Las Vegas Hotels" takes through a tour of the various hotels in the growing city of Las Vegas, Nevada. While I've never been there, Las Vegas always seems to be involved in a show somewhere on television, so it's not exactly an unknown-city anymore.

    The show wasn't so much a tour, but a history lesson on the city's hotels, and somewhat the city itself. Las Vegas has really come a long way over the past several decades, with entrepreneurs looking to make money on hotels and casinos.

    This episode is starting to show its age. They paid a lot of attention to the "family atmosphere" Las Vegas has been working on creating, but since the original airing of this episode, several years ago, in recent years, Las Vegas is ditching the family atmosphere and going back to the more adult-themed entertainment, which is too bad. They should make a "Las Vegas Hotels 2" episode sometime and profile the cities hotels again, and show what's changed. The city doesn't stay dormant, there are always changes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Caesars shopping complex cost over 100 million dollars to build. It draws about 30,000 visitors a day.

    • When the MGM Grand opened in 1993, it took 39 armored cars two nights to move the $3.5 million in quarters necessary to run the casino.

    • The 120 foot high sign in front of Circus Circus, featuring Lucky the Clown, was built in 1968 for a cost of one million dollars. The hotel itself cost just 15 million.

    • The gambling and tourism industry in Las Vegas generates more revenue annually than any other. Only the U.S. Mint generates money faster.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Alan Hess
      Author, "Viva Las Vegas, After Hours Architecture"

      Jan Laverty Jones
      Former Mayor, City of Las Vegas

      Anthony A. Marnell II

      Frank Wright

      Joel D. Bergman

      Steven Izenour
      Co-Author, "Learning from Las Vegas"

      Terry Dougall
      Theme Designer

      F. Neal Gaskin, Jr

    • Writer: Noah Morowitz
      Producer: Noah Morowitz
      Associate Producer: Sirdhar Dasari
      Editor: Robert Potter
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
      Music: Alan Ett
      Senior Production Executive: Jack Seifert
      Production Finance Supervisor: Paul Dzilvelis
      Production Manager: Philip Wallnutt
      Post Production Supervisor: Mike Parente
      Camera Operator: Gene Hulsman
      Camera Operator: Chuck Lang
      Field Audio: Tom Echlin
      Field Audio: John Packer
      Researcher: Rick Benavides
      Researcher: Terri Fox
      Researcher: Barry Hill
      Post Production Coordinator: Scott Berkson
      Archive & Audio Coordinator: Derrick McDaniel
      Assistant Editor: Lou Laprocido
      Assistant Editor: Spencer Keimon
      Online Editor: David Rex
      Audio Post Production: Media City Sound
      Sound Mixer: Mark Jensen
      Graphics: Barry Hill
      Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
      Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
      Assistant Production Accountant: Thia Kulma
      Assistant to Don Cambou: Tim Shell
      Production Assistant: Keith Dols
      Production Assistant: Harris Cohen
      Production Assistant: Gary Reid
      Production Assistant: Troy Barbour

      Special Thanks:
      Caesars Palace
      The Forum Shops at Caesars
      Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
      MGM Grand Hotel/Casino
      Mirage Resorts, Inc
      Nevada State Museum and Historical Society
      New York, New York
      Stratosphere Hotel and Casino
      Venturi Scott Brown/Peter Schlaifer

      Series Manager: Elyse Miranda
      Executive Producer: Charlie Maday