The neon lighting wrapping the moving and covered sidewalk is the signature feature of this hotel. This sidewalk brings visitors to the hotel from the Boulevard to the casino entrance while old hits are played out in the background. There is a huge shopping space below the gaming area, which has many restaurants and also a Monorail station at the rear end. The home of Jubilee!, the long running show, which made its debut in 1981, is Ballys Las Vegas.
Ballys Las Vegas Hotel
The site on which this hotel is situated was earlier occupied by the Bonanza Hotel and casino in the year 1963. This was even renamed as New Bonanza. But later on the construction of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino began, whose owner was Kirk Kerkorian. Opened in the year 1973, this was the largest hotel in the world during that period with nearly 2084 rooms.
The hotel of MGM when built set up a new standard for luxury and size for hotels in Las Vegas. This was considered as a major influence until the Mirage Hotel of Steve Wynn came up in 1980s. The theme of the hotel reflected the interest of its owner Kirk Kerkorian in movies. This was because Kirk was the owner of the MGM and the hotel was named so. Martin Stern Jr. was the architect who designed this hotel. There were many facilities and options for entertainment in this hotel. There was a huge shopping area and live jai alai betting too.
Ballys Las Vegas Pool
Ballys Las Vegas Room
There were two large theaters namely the Celebrity Room and The Zeigfield Stage. The long running show Jubilee! And Hallelujah Hollywood choreographed by Donn Arden is featured in the latter, while the former theater had acts like Barry Manilow and The Carpenters.
MGM Grand Fire
Nearly 85 guests and employees were killed in the fire accident on 21st November 1980. It only took 8 months to rebuild the hotel and there was an additional tower opened in 1981. The safety of hotel was so impacted by the fire, that it created a worldwide awareness on fire safety procedures.
MGM hotel was sold to Bally Entertainment corporation in 1985 and the name of the hotel became Ballys. Hilton Hotels Corporation in the year 1995 bought Bally Entertainment Corporation. The Paris Las Vegas opened in 1999 and was integrated to the Bally’s by a promenade. For a very long time, there was a single gaming license for both the resorts.
Harrahs Entertainment bought the property in the year 2005.
• In 1992, the film Honeymoon in Vegas starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas cage featured this place.
• In 1993, the movie Indecent Proposal with Demi Moore and Robert Redford featured the Bally’s Las Vegas.
• Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue starrer Leaving Las Vegas featured the hotel prominently in 1995.
• The poker tournament of the year 2006 of Spike TV named King of Vegas was shot in Bally’s Las Vegas.
• The High roller featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is this hotel.