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So That's What Happened to The Jeweled Door Handles from The Sahara...

August 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

When we heard that SLS Hotels would be closing down the iconic Sahara Hotel back in 2011, one of our first thoughts was, "But what will happen to the Sahara door handles?" Seriously.

During our visit to the down-trodden casino in 2009, that was one of the design details that this writer adored the most. (It's probably because my last name begins with an "S.") We had hoped then that SLS would incorporate the door handles somewhere into the SLS and as it turns out, they have.

Johnny Kats uncovered the whereabouts of the door handles in his LV Weekly profile on SLS honcho Sam Nazarian.

Today, some elements of the property remain at the new SLS, where Nazarian has a design effect that he calls “Sahara-esque.” He has saved 50 or so S-shaped door handles from the old resort and turned them into a chandelier.

We looked high and low for the chandelier during the SLS Las Vegas' opening day but we could not find it anywhere. And it wasn't because our vision was hampered by gin cocktails. (Or tequila cocktails. Or vodka cocktails.) It turns out the chandelier hadn't been installed yet. But now it's up and here's what it looks like.

You can admire the chandelier for yourself when you walk in between The Sayers Club and the 800 Degrees pizza joint. Alas, the jewels in the door handles have been plucked out. We heard that some over eager folks pried them out of the door handles during the Sahara Liquidation Sale. It was probably for the better. Red, blue and yellow don't really work with the SLS color scheme.

[PHOTO: VegasChatter]

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A New Resort Planned For The Old Frontier Site

August 5, 2014 at 12:34 AM | by | Comments (10)

The north Strip could be a whole new world come 2018. That's when the new owner of the old Frontier site expects to debut a new resort on the acreage.

On Sunday, headlines broke that billionaire James Packer had acquired controlling interest of the long dormant plot. The Frontier came down in a flash in November 2007, but plans to build a Plaza on the site -- what would have been a sister venue to the New York Plaza and not the Downtown Vegas one -- stalled.

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With New Focus On The North Strip, A Rumor About Fontainebleau

July 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (9)

Fontainebleau on May 30, 2014.

It's the inevitable question when we talk about the quickly approaching debut of SLS Las Vegas, dreams for the All Net Arena and Resort, or even the coming construction of MGM's City of Rock and Genting's Resorts World. What about that blue hotel? Or, if you know your Vegas history, what about Fontainebleau?

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Big Plans (Again) For The Land Between SLS Las Vegas And Fontainebleau

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July 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM | by | Comments (14)

A view of SLS Las Vegas from Paradise earlier today.

The north Strip is officially awakening from its slumber. SLS Las Vegas debuts in just over a month (August 23) and may soon be bracketed by construction to the north, west and south. A Walgreens is already underway to the north (on the other side of Sahara Avenue) and will open next year. (Admittedly, not that exciting, but hey, we'll take it.) A City of Rock will soon rise on the west side of The Strip with a debut of 2015, too. Now, it looks like that long abandoned plot of land to the south of SLS -- you know, the one that once held the hottest place to cool off in town? -- may see some action of its own.

Once the site of Wet 'N' Wild, the 27 acres between SLS and the husk of Fontainebleau is owned by Sahara Las Vegas Corp., a subsidiary of Archon Group. Earlier this week, executives approached a local government board seeking use permits for everything under the sun. And, we're not exaggerating. Check it out for yourself:

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Lost Vegas: Star Trek The Experience

July 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM | by | Comments (14)

No matter the name, whenever the off-Strip property that can be found next to the Las Vegas Convention Center is mentioned, its demise is inevitably traced back by many to the closure of Star Trek: The Experience.

The attraction -- which featured a museum, ride and replica of Quark's Bar -- debuted at what was then the Las Vegas Hilton back in 1998 and lasted ten years before it was shuttered. A failure to agree on a lease was blamed. ThemeParkInvestigator.com details the experience that once was:

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Revisiting A Vegas Collection

June 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (2)

Earlier this year, reader Howard F. shared his Vegas Collection with VegasChatter fans. A collection that started with a $1 chip in 1975 has since grown to include dice, matchbooks, playing cards, players' club cards, shot glasses, key chains and $1 payout vouchers. A collection that showcases long-gone casinos to Las Vegas' newest resorts, properties on and off the Strip as well as those downtown.

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Finding Scenes From Vegas Films: Last Vegas

May 16, 2014 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (9)

We all love to watch movies about Vegas, but as we watch them it always begs the question -- does that venue exist in real life or was it created just for this movie? This was a question brought to us by Vegaschatter reader Jim L. who wondered if the lounge in Last Vegas was really a venue inside Binion's or any other casino in Vegas or just another movie fabrication.

Having seen this movie a good few times, notably and ironically on a flight back from Las Vegas, that thought had crossed this writer's mind a few times as well. To see this question was no surprise, but warranted some investigation into the filming locations to find out if this awesome venue really did exist in Vegas.

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Turning Back The Clock: Sahara Before SLS

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March 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

When it comes to Future Vegas, if we're not talking about The Cromwell, we're talking about SLS Las Vegas. Both resorts will debut this year after complete top-to-bottom makeovers. And, just like we can't help but to think of Bill's and Barbary Coast when it comes to The Cromwell, we just can't quit Sahara when we hear something about SLS.

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Roll The Dice And Pick A Card, Any Card

March 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (8)

In true Griswold spirit, each of has explored the city of Las Vegas in their own way and many choose to remember those explorations in their own unique way. Some have savored the memories through lost Vegas letters while others have stapled together a lifetime of fun (books).

Howard F. is the latest reader to share his Vegas collection. His began on his very first trip to Vegas back in 1975. Howard was underage at the time, but wise enough to know he would want to remember each of the hotels and casinos he visited.

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Piecing Together A Vegas Souvenir, One Lost Vegas Letter At A Time

February 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (7)

Vegas has always been one of those cities that has a little something for everyone. And, that goes for souvenirs, too. In fact, there might be more souvenir options in Las Vegas than in any other city in the world.

For some of us, including this writer, you get swept up in the purchase or collection of casino playing cards, keychains, mugs, magnents,stripper cards or what have you. We go home and enjoy our spoils and are reminded of our wonderful Vegas vacation every time we see them. But, one visit to a special Vegas attraction, the Neon Museum, will result in a one-of-a-kind souvenir that will impress all of your friends and family.

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Lost Vegas Photos From A Chazzy Gator

February 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's official. We've always enjoyed turning back the clock on Las Vegas through stories, books and videos, but Lost Vegas is our favorite series as it provides a chance to relive "the good ol' days" through the lenses of our doubly amazing readers.

VC fans have been filling our in-box with personal Lost Vegas photos and we've proudly been featuring them here. The latest to dust off his prints and show off his Sahara is Chazzy Gator. This shutterbug even captured the Casbar Theatre marquee. Fun fact: Who was the first person to get married at Caesars Palace? If you guessed a 20-year-old Charo (to 60-year-old bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1966), you're not only wicked smart but maybe spotted our tie-in. Feel free to leave David Brenner trivia in the comments below.

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A VegasChatter Reader Has No Shame In Showing Us His... Lost Vegas

February 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

VegasChatter readers continue to insure their amazing photos won't have the same fate as their subjects and fall between the cushions of Lost Vegas forever. And, we're finding out that some of you have no shame in showing off those Lost Vegas photos. Or just have no shame, at all.

Reader Jason G. sent in that classic Sahara shot above. We didn't ask but are going to go ahead and assume he was in the passenger seat while shooting. We also didn't get to ask if he went for the soda pop or beer. Soda pop! Nowadays, we have to head to Colorado for that stuff.

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