Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas (1968)

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Today in 1968 a new casino was opened that would be vital to the image of the Las Vegas Strip; Circus Circus. Like the name suggests, it’s shaped as a giant circus and still remains the largest permanent big top in the world. A new Las Vegas-era was born. Circus Circus features circus acts and carnival type games, but it also offers the Adventuredome, an amusement park located in the casino itself. It’s America’s largest indoor theme park and makes Circus Circus suitable for younger visitors. The large sign in front of the casino, showing Lucky the Clown, is world famous because it showed up in numerous movies like the James Bond film ‘Diamonds are forever’ and ‘Austin Powers’.


Lucky the clown Circus Circus

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Financial problems
At the time it was the most complex and unique casino in Las Vegas. It started with the casino only, a $15 million facility. But its initiators and owners, Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin, soon faced financial problems because there were no hotel facilities. Sarno borrowed around $23 million to construct a hotel. But financial problems continued and Sarno and Mallin decided to sell out. Six years after the opening, Circus Circus belonged to Mandalay Resort Group. Nowadays MGM Resorts International operates the casino.


Main entrance Circus Circus casino

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360 trivial fact
Several places in Circus Circus are said to be highly haunted. For instance; screams and whispers for help are heard in poker rooms. And the words ‘Help me!’ were spontaneously written on windows and bathroom mirrors.


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