Think you know movies set in Las Vegas? Let's find out
This is the sixth in a series of quizzes to test your knowledge of the Silver State. This time, the category is movies set in Las Vegas. Good luck!
At what Strip property did the Griswolds stay in the 1997 movie Vegas Vacation?
a. The Mirage
c. Caesars Palace
2. True or False: The Tangiers Hotel in the 1995 movie Casino was an actual hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
3. What hotel property was depicted in the 1998 film Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas?
a. Golden Nugget
d. Circus Circus
c. Treasure Island
4. The Las Vegas Strip was shut down the first and only time to film a car chase scene in what action movie?
a. Minority Report
b. Jason Bourne
c. Resident Evil
d. The Hangover
5. True or False: The villa in the first Hangover movie is an actual villa you can book at Caesars Palace.
6. At what actual Las Vegas hotel property did Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher’s characters check into in the 2008 movie What Happens In Vegas?
a. The Palazzo
c. Planet Hollywood Resort
7. What wedding chapel was featured in the 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret?
a. Little Church of the West
b. Chapel of Love
c. A Little White Chapel
d. Wee Kirk O’ the Heather Wedding Chapel
8. What famous Las Vegas entertainer made several appearances in the 2005 movie Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous?
a. Wayne Newton
b. Frank Marino
c. Celine Dion
d. George Wallace
9. What Cirque du Soleil film was featured in the 2007 film Knocked Up?
b. The Beatles LOVE
10. In the 2001 movie Ocean’s Eleven, what three casinos do the characters plan to rob?
a. MGM Grand, The Mirage and Bellagio
b. Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and Luxor
c. Caesars Palace, The Mirage and New York-New York
d. Planet Hollywood, MGM Grand and Harrah’s
1. A. The Mirage opened in 1989 and at the time was the world’s largest hotel with more than 3,000 rooms, and the most expensive ever constructed at more than $600 million. Built by Steve Wynn, it was considered the first megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip. The Mirage was also home to Las Vegas’ first family-friendly entertainment production, Siegfried & Roy. The magic show—which was featured in Vegas Vacation—ran from 1990 to 2003, tragically shutting down after Roy Horn was critically injured onstage.
2. False. The film was inspired by the story of real-life mobster Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, who ran multiple casinos in Las Vegas throughout the 1970s and early ’80s, including the famed Stardust hotel, which was depicted as The Tangiers. The movie also starred Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, who portrayed real-life mob enforcer Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro and Rosenthal’s wife and socialite Geri McGee, respectively.
3. C. In the film, based off the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name, the Bazooko Circus Hotel was closely modeled after the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. The film even depicted Circus Circus’ famous carousel-themed bar known as the Horse-A-Round Bar.
4. B. The Matt Damon spy franchise spent two weeks filming the car chase scene on the Las Vegas Strip. The scene ended with a SWAT vehicle crashing through the casino floor of the actual Riviera hotel casino, which was already shut down and scheduled for demolition a few months later.
5. False. The villa was actually a constructed set on the Warner Bros. movie lot located in Los Angeles. However, the hotel’s hallway scenes in the movie were actually filmed on the 24th floor of Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace.
6. C. Some of the scenes filmed at the property include shots of the hotel’s lobby, hotel suite, café, casino floor and the Stripside façade of Miracle Mile Shops. Other scenes filmed in Las Vegas include locations like the Bellagio fountains, the pool and the now-shuttered Rain nightclub at Palms, and on the patio of Pure nightclub, which is now Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace.
7. A. Originally built in 1942, the church is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and remains the oldest-operating structure on the Las Vegas Strip. The replica of an Old West mining town church has been moved three times throughout its history. It was first next to the Last Frontier Hotel, then moved to the grounds of the Hacienda Hotel and then to its current location on the corner of Russell Road and Las Vegas Blvd., near the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
8. B. Frank Marino is the longest-running headliner in Las Vegas. The entertainer has the only distinction of having two Las Vegas Walk of Fame stars, and was honored for his hard work in Las Vegas entertainment with a proclamation by Mayor Oscar Godman making Feb. 1 “Frank Marino Day.” The drag superstar currently stars in Legends in Concert at the Tropicana Las Vegas.
9. C. Mystere at Treasure Island is currently Cirque du Soleil’s longest-running show, opening in 1993. Cirque du Soleil currently has six shows on the Las Vegas Strip.
10. A. All three resort casinos are currently operated by MGM Resorts International. Most of the movie was filmed on location at the Bellagio for six months and included scenes shot at the resort’s fine-dining restaurant Picasso, on the casino floor, the lobby, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and in front of the hotel’s famous fountains show.
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