Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino

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Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
This article is about the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Paradise, Nevada, for other uses see Imperial Palace. Imperial Palace is a 2,640 room hotel and a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m 2) casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The hotel and casino were owned by Imperial Palace LLC until purchased by the current owner, Harrah's Imperial Palace Corporation a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment.

History
From 1959 to 1979 the property was called the Flamingo Capri. In November 1979, it was renamed to the Asian-themed Imperial Palace by new owner Ralph Engelstad. When Engelstad died in 2002, the casino ownership transferred to the Ralph Engelstad and Betty Engelstad Trust. The casino operated as its own limited partnership, Imperial Palace LLC, under the Trust's oversight. The Imperial Theatre showroom with 850 seats was completed and opened in June of 1980. The first of the 19-story towers was added in early 1981 with 850 rooms. This expansion also included the Imperial Palace's Auto Collections, located on the fifth floor of the hotel's self-parking garage (which itself was also part of the expansion). A second tower was added in August 1982 that brought the hotel's room count to 1,500. In 1986, the third tower of the Imperial Palace was completed bringing the room count to 2,100 rooms. The casino was expanded by 15,000 square feet, and the meeting and convention space was expanded. A major expansion from August 1987 to July 1989 added the fourth 19-story tower with 547 rooms, which brought the room count to 2,637. The expansion also included a new swimming pool, a two-story waterfall, heated spa and poolside bar, a nightclub, race & sports book, health and fitness center, and office complex. In 1993, an independent 24-hour medical facility serving guests and employees was opened. On August 22, 2005, Harrah's announced plans to purchase this property. The acquisition was completed on December 23, 2005. During a conference call with investors on November 20, 2005, the Chairman for Harrah's, Gary Loveman, noted that both the Imperial Palace and neighboring O'Sheas "are going to require very substantial modifications or complete tear-downs and rebuilds" in order to make room for a Harrah's and/or Flamingo expansion on the Strip. However, since then, Harrah's has invested millions of dollars into refurbishing both the hotel rooms and the casino itself. In July 2009, Harrah's announced new plans for the area around the Imperial Palace, O'Shea's, and Flamingo casinos, confirming that the Imperial Palace will not be demolished at this time.

Film history
  • In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery , the character Alotta Fagina stays at the Imperial Palace.
  • The Imperial Palace is in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas under the name "The Four Dragons Casino". It is owned by the Triads, allies of the protagonist, Carl "CJ" Johnson.


Attractions

The Auto Collections
The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino is the world's largest classic car showroom with more than $100 million worth of inventory on display and for sale. More than 250 antique, classic, muscle and historically significant cars are on display and nearly all are for sale.

Legends in Concert
Legends In Concert , a full-production musical spectacular of celebrity impersonators, is one of the longest running shows in the Las Vegas area and originated at the Imperial Palace. It moved next door to Harrah's in March 2009. Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature now at the Imperial Palace. Shows play 6 times a week at 7:30pm.

Building Activity

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