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Famous Backdrops: 9 Vegas Hotels You’ve Seen on the Silver Screen

Published: 13/04/2018 - Filed under: Home » News »

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If you're a movie fan, a trip to Los Angeles is probably on your bucket list. But you should consider a trip to Vegas, too. “Sin City” has served as a backdrop for dozens of films over the years. The city's many casinoshave been featured in a variety of movies, from “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) to “The Hangover” (2009). Visit one of these iconic resorts on the strip, and see if you recognize any scenery from your favorite flicks.

Caesar's Palace

The classics “Rain Man” (1988) and “Rocky III” (1982) were filmed at Caesar's Palace. You can also see the hotel in three newer works: “Ocean's 11” (2001), “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003) and “The Hangover” (2009). You'll recognize the iconic fountain immediately. If you can take a break from snapping photos and quoting lines from your favorite films, the casino has over 1,300 slot machines, 19 table games and 16 poker tables to enjoy.

amous Backdrops: 9 Vegas Hotels You’ve Seen on the Silver Screen


Mirage Hotel and Casino

Are you a fan of the film “National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation” (1997)? If so, you'll remember Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid's side-splitting escapades at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. The hotel is known for its gold windows, which get their color from a unique tinting process. The Mirage Hotel and Casino is also known for its outdoor pyrotechnics and Big Apple Coaster.

Riviera Hotel & Casino

Riviera Hotel & Casino has hosted several films through the 90s, including “Showgirls” (1995), “Casino” (1995) and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998). This is an excellent destination for TV fans as well. The game show “Hollywood Squares” was filmed here for several years.


When people think of Vegas hotels, they picture the Bellagio's fountains. Thousands of visitors flock here for a compulsory photo opportunity. You'll remember the fountains from a key scene in “Ocean's 11” (2001). The Bellagio also has a conservatory and gardens and hosts the “O” performance by Cirque du Soleil.

Venetian Hotel

The films “Miss Congeniality 2” (2005) and “21” (2008) were filmed at the massive Venetian Hotel. This resort complex, which includes the Sands Expo Center and Plaza, spans 120,000 square feet. You can book a stay at one of over 4,000 rooms. The hotel has 3,400 slot machines, 159 table games and 59 poker tables.

Stardust Hotel

Though much smaller than the Venetian Hotel at just 85,000 square feet, the Stardust Hotel is undeniably iconic. It also has an impressive number of slot machines for its size. You'll recognize the hotel from scenes in “Showgirls” (1995), “Swingers” (1996) and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998). The famous Stardust casino sign has also appeared in several movies, such as “Con Air” (1997) and “Austin Powers” (1997).

MGM Grand

The MGM Grand is the largest hotel in the United States. It encompasses 171,500 square feet and has 1,736 slot machines, 159 table games and 13 poker tables. “Casino” (1995), “Swingers” (1996), “National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation” (1997) and “Ocean's Eleven” (2001) all feature scenes filmed at this resort.

Flamingo Hotel

The oldest hotel on this list, Flamingo Hotel opened its doors in 1946. It was owned by notorious mobster, Bugsy Siegel. You can see the hotel and learn more about Siegel's life in the movie “Bugsy” (1991).

Westgate Las Vegas

Westgate Las Vegas is the smallest hotel on this list. The building covers 74,000 square feet and houses 715 slot machines and 31 table games. You can see the hotel in “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), “Over the Top” (1987) and “Indecent Proposal” (1993).

Vegas' resorts attract millions of guests annually, and they've attracted a few movie location scouts over the years as well. Visit one of these resorts to re-enact some of your favorite Hollywood scenes. If you're interested in more facts about these and other famous casinos, check out the infographic from Mr. Gamez below.

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