June 14, 2007

Las Vegas Casino Implosions

Video's of Las Vegas hotels being blown up to make room for new ones.

The Landmark Hotel

The Landmark may have been the strangest looking hotel on the strip but when it was built in the 1960s it was supposed to look futuristic. Although not the most successful hotel, it remained open until 1991. In 1993 the empty hotel was sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority who imploded it to build a parking lot for the Convention Center. The implosion was used in the movie “Mars Attacks”.

The Stardust Hotel

The latest implosion on the Strip was of the Stardust that took place on March 13th, 2007. The Stardust first opened in 1958 on the North Strip and would remain open 24/7 for the next 48 years until it was bought by Boyd’s Gaming Corporation and doomed to make room for their Echelon Place which is scheduled to open its doors in 2010.

The Aladdin Hotel

The Aladdin was imploded in 1998 after a sordid history to make room for, umm, The Aladdin. It’s the only time in Vegas’ history where a hotel was demolished and rebuilt under the same name. Keeping the name may not have been such a good idea since the new Aladdin had similar problems that the old Aladdin had and was bought by Planet Hollywood and rebranded in 2006.

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