Thinking about the Plaza, Sharron Angle and more
Wed, Sep 15, 2010 (1:40 p.m.)
Photo: Beverly Poppe
Silver lining? The Plaza’s hotel and casino areas will close for renovations in November, but don’t sweat, foodies. Firefly remains untouched for your tapas and sangria fix. — Mark Adams, listings coordinator
10 minute trip Walking from El Cortez to the Griffin last Friday, a cop told me to buy a gun, I met a pirate and his parrot and I learned about an upcoming local film called Bionic Cholo. I love Downtown. — Sarah Feldberg, editor
A different angle It’s sweet irony that the Review-Journal, in its quest to quell the tide of copyright infringement, has turned its guns on GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, whom it supports. Call it a First Amendment remedy. — Ken Miller, associate editor
It was magic Bravo, Lance. We’ll never forget the tux, the doves, the candles, the showgirls. Or the man who turned producing them, vanishing them and levitating them into a symphony of deception. — Rick Lax, staff writer
Jabba the Huge JabbaWockeeZ are gearing up for the October 7 premiere of their Monte Carlo residency. With 1,200 seats in Lance Burton’s old digs, it’s nearly twice as big as the crew’s previous home. Bring it, b-boys! — April Corbin, web content editor
The Plaza, renovated in 2011, has a lobby that features marble and inlaid mosaic tiles, chandeliers and a plush front desk that matches the classic Las Vegas feel with a contemporary look.
The hotel has 1,003 rooms and suites that showcase views of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. Amenities include world-class entertainment, a casino floor that offers an array of classic gaming choice, which include 600 slot machines, a 400-seat bingo room, 18 table games and 57,120 square feet of casino space.
Among the dining options is Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads, a steakhouse opened by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, which is located in the glittery dome enclosure above the hotel's main entrance.
The Plaza sits at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience on the site of the first train depot and auction site in Las Vegas, dating back to the San Pedro-Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad in 1905. The railroad was sold to Union Pacific in 1921 and the depot was demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel, built in 1971.
The hotel has been featured or is visible in several movies, including the 1971 James Bond film, "Diamonds are Forever;" the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II;" the 1995 move "Casino," and the 2000 movie "Pay it Forward."