The Quad Resort and Casino
|The Quad Resort and Casino|
|Address||3535 Las Vegas Blvd South|
|No. of rooms||2,640|
|Total gaming space||118,000 sq ft (11,000 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas
Jeff Civillico - Comedy in Action
|Signature attractions||The Auto Collections|
|Previous names||Flamingo Capri
|Years renovated||New towers in 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1989|
The Quad Resort and Casino, formerly the Imperial Palace, is a casino and 2,640-room hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. The casino is 118,000 square feet (11,000 m2) with 830 slot machines, 55 table games, 8 poker tables, and a race and sports book.
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 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 (1,400 m2), 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.
In 1984, a couple from Missouri were assaulted in their guest room by a man dressed as a hotel employee. They were beaten, bound and gagged, and the wife was raped. The assailant was never caught. The couple sued the Imperial Palace, claiming that the hotel did not provide adequate security. The lawsuit lasted until at least 1989, with allegations that hotel employees destroyed evidence relating to their security practices. The case was ultimately settled on undisclosed terms.
The lawsuit would lead indirectly to more trouble for the casino. In 1988, several employees, angry about being placed on leave as punishment for talking to the plaintiff attorney, began speaking to the Gaming Control Board and local media about two Nazi-themed parties Engelstad had held at the Imperial Palace. The parties were held in Engelstad's so-called "war room", which featured a large collection of World War II Nazi memorabilia, including a portrait of Engelstad in the likeness of Hitler. A national controversy ensued. Engelstad claimed the collection was purely of historical interest, and not meant to glorify the Nazis. The Gaming Control Board recommended that Engelstad lose his gaming license and be fined $200,000 for reflecting poorly on the reputation of the Nevada gaming industry. An agreement was ultimately reached whereby Engelstad kept his license, but paid $1.5 million in penalties.
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.
In August 2011, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced it will be building a massive entertainment complex adjacent to the Imperial Palace and on the site of O'Shea's casino, called Project LINQ. The Imperial Palace name will be retired and the property renamed.
On September 17, 2012, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced that Imperial Palace will be renamed "The Quad Resort and Casino." The official conversion is completed on December 21, 2012.
- 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.
The Auto Collections
The Auto Collections at the Quad 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.
Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas
Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas is a drag revue starring Las Vegas' longest-running headliner, Frank Marino, who hosts the revue as his most famous impersonation, Joan Rivers. The show moved to the Imperial Palace from the Riviera in 2010.
The casino has approximately eight blackjack tables on the lower level that feature celebrity impersonators as dealers. These impersonators, which include Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Cher, Shakira, Roy Orbison, Zac Brown, Shania Twain, Britney Spears, and others, alternate dealing cards and performing a song on a small stage in the center of the tables.
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- Burbank, Jeff (2005). License to Steal: Nevada's Gaming Control System in the Megaresort Age. University of Nevada Press. pp. 55–79. ISBN 0-87417-624-7.
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- As shown in an episode of Plastic Surgery: Before and After featuring a segment on Frank Marino, Discovery Health Channel, first aired May 2005.
- Frank Marino's official web site.
- Weatherford, Mike (26 February 2010). "Interviews: 'Frank Marino: Divas Las Vegas'". LVRJ. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
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