By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)
The Tropicana Hotel keeps up with the times! As one of our distinguished hotels of Las Vegas’ famous past, the Tropicana continually transforms themselves.
I was invited to their VIP Press party celebrating the opening of the new Tropicana Theater, formerly the Tiffany Showroom, and to introduce us to all of their other renovations.
Just before the Tropicana Theater’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Tropicana Las Vegas President/ COO Danny Wade discussed all of their latest improvements.
It was exciting when party goers began to enter the Tropicana Theater.
I especially wanted to see the new Tropicana Theater. With my fond memories of reviewing the “Follies Bergere” show during the 80’s and 90’s, I had always enjoyed the French-themed production show and seeing many specialty acts that later became famous stars of the strip.
The first thing that attracts your attention in this impressive large theater is the modernistic bright red designs and colorful seats.
The theater has seating for more than 1,000 people which add 400 more than the Tiffany Showroom.
Sitting in the theater the audience will really appreciate the state-of-the-art sound and lighting as they enjoy the shows.
When the Tropicana Hotel opened in 1957, it was known as the finest hotel in Las Vegas spending $15 million to build the 300-room hotel and an additional $250,000 on an opening night party.
Recently the Tropicana’s $200 million renovation included the new Tropicana Theater, several new restaurants and bars, Glow®– a Mandara Spa and fitness center, new race and sports book, 50,000 square foot casino, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, and the Bagatelle Supper Club & Beach Club.
Guests can enjoy the refurbished towers with renovated rooms featuring 42-inch plasma television sets, iPod docks and updated décor with interesting touches like plantation shutters on the windows. There is even a vanilla/coconut-like scent wafting through the hallways to appeal to guests’ senses and impart a tropical feel.
The Tropicana remembers its historic Las Vegas roots with the Mob Attraction Las Vegas, where guests can explore scenes portraying the mafia’s past, interact with actors and holograms, and examine more than 1,000 authentic artifacts including jewelry, clothes, diaries, letters, weapons and photos from the estates of infamous mobsters.
The Laugh Factory Comedians, America’s Got Talent Comedian Magician Murray SawChuck, “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” and the “Mob Attraction” are some of the regular acts along with other scheduled appearances in the Tropicana Theater.
For information, call 739-2222. The Tropicana Hotel is located at 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, off Tropicana Avenue. www.troplv.com
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television pTV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at (702)-731-6491.