The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Exterior of the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The image show the exterior of its theatre, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, along with the marquee for the casino
Exterior of theatre
Address 3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 U.S.
Owner Park Place Entertainment (2003-2005)
Harrah's Entertainment (2005-2010)
Caesars Entertainment (2010-)
Operator AEG Live
Type Theatre
Capacity 4,100
Opened March 25, 2003
Architect Scéno Plus

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a theatre located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The theatre is the main entertainment venue for Caesars Palace. Deemed the Home of the Greatest Entertainers in the World, the theatre hosts numerous residency shows by Cher, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain. The venue has an estimated seating capacity of 4,296 and is inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome along with aspects of contemporary architecture.[1] The cost of the theatre totaled $95 million, becoming the most expensive entertainment venue in Las Vegas, beating the "O" Theatre at the Bellagio Las Vegas.[2]


Entrance to theatre from within Caesars Palace

In 2000, Caesars Palace made plans to renovate the defunct Circus Maximus Showroom (opened 1962).[disputed (for: Caesars Palace opened in 1966.)  ] During this time, the owners were approached about a new business venture with Celine Dion. Once the venture was passed, the renovation was cancelled and a new entertainment venue was set to be built to replace the old showroom. The showroom closed in September 2000 with a performance by Steve and Eydie. The theatre was built specially to house Celine Dion's "A New Day...". The construction was initiated by Park Place Management to coincide with other renovations to the hotel complex, including additional retail space, meeting areas, restaurants, spas and a 20-story all-suites hotel tower.[3] The original construction cost was estimated to be between $65 to $75 million. Additional technical aspects drove cost to over $90 million.

The theatre was designed by the world renowned firm Scéno Plus and constructed by Perini Building Company, with the project beginning in December 2002 and was completed on February 4, 2003 (six weeks before its estimated completion date), opening on March 25, 2003. Dion filmed a television special for CBS to showcase the first night of her residency show (entitled "Celine in Las Vegas… Opening Night Live", hosted by Justin Timberlake), including behind the scenes look at the theatre and the show.[4]

Since its incarnation, the venue is operated by AEG Live and is currently owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The success of Dion's show drew more entertainers to perform at the theatre. Elton John brought his Red Piano show to the theatre from in 2004, lasting until 2009. Additional entertainers include Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross, Romina Arena, Faith Hill, Ricky Martin and Luis Miguel. The venue has also hosted numerous comedy shows by Kathy Griffin, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Dave Chappelle and Ellen DeGeneres. The premiere of the 11th season of Hell's Kitchen was filmed in front of a live audience at The Colosseum.

Technical aspects[edit]

The design for the theatre was based on the ancient Colosseum in Rome.[2] It is connected to the casino near the Forum Shops. The venue is 256 ft (78 m) in diameter with the rotunda 120 ft (37 m) above the floor. The stage measures 22,450 sq ft (2,086 m2) and has a proscenium arch with a height of 45 ft (14 m) and a width of 120 ft (37 m) (one of the world's largest stage openings).[5] It was designed with 180,000 watts of amplification and 139 speakers. It also includes a 120-foot-wide (37 m) by 40-foot-tall (12 m) LED screen manufactured by Mitsubishi Diamond Vision, adding $10 million to the construction budget. The video screen provides the illusion of 3D stage scenery, being the largest LED screen in North America.

The stage itself includes ten motorized stage lifts, which compose 75 percent of the stage. Unlike the Colosseum in Rome, the theatre was built in an intimate setting, with the furthest seating being 120 ft (37 m) from the stage. To reinforce its intimacy, the venue is equipped with 200 acoustical panels to control the amplified sound.[2] The theatre also includes a state of the art humidity control system. This $2 million installation helped provide the perfect air atmosphere around the performers on stage for optimal acoustics, performance, and conditioning. The venue also includes state of the art technology. Some of these state of the art technology include, the lighting board and the sound board. Backstage, rigging platforms and bars are completely motorized for optimal precision and placement.

Performance history[edit]


Performer Show Length Release(s)
Celine Dion A New Day...[6] March 25, 2003 - December 15, 2007
Celine[7] March 15, 2011 – July 29, 2014 *Celine: 3 Boys and a Show (OWN Special)
Elton John The Red Piano[8] February 13, 2004 - April 22, 2009
  • Elton John: The Red Piano (NBC Special) (2005)
  • The Red Piano (2009)
The Million Dollar Piano[9] September 28, 2011 – 2014
  • Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (Cinema Broadcast)(2014)
  • Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (DVD and Blu-ray)(June 2014)
Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On[10] February 20, 2008 - January 31, 2010 *Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (HBO Special) (2010)
*The Showgirl Must Go On (DVD) (2011)
Cher Cher at the Colosseum[11] May 6, 2008 -

February 5, 2011

Rod Stewart Rod Stewart: The Hits[12] August 24, 2011 – 2013 N/A
Shania Twain Shania: Still the One[13] December 1, 2012 - December 13, 2014 N/A


Performer Show Date
Mariah Carey Charmbracelet World Tour July 26, 2003[14]
Angels Advocate Tour February 27, 2010[15]
Gloria Estefan Live & Unwrapped October 10–19, 2003[16]
Romina Arena Romina Arena Live! June 8–9, 2004[17]
Stevie Nicks Say You Will Tour July 5, 2004
  • May 10–14, 2005[18]
  • March 20–24, 2007[19]
Gold Dust Tour July 5, 2005
Stevie Nicks in Concert May 14, 2011[20]
Faith Hill August 10–14, 2004[21]
Carole King The Living Room Tour August 21, 2004[22]
Luis Miguel Mexico En La Piel Tour September 14–16, 2007[23]
Complices Tour
  • September 12–15, 2008[24]
  • September 12–15, 2009[25]
Luis Miguel Tour
  • September 15–18, 2010[26]
  • September 15–18, 2011[27]
  • September 13–15, 2012[28]
  • September 13–15, 2013[29]
Deja Vu Tour
  • September 12–15, 2014
Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour 2010 August 17, 2010[30]
Rod Stewart November 6–21, 2010[31]
Diana Ross More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour November 12–13, 2010[32]
Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Tour 2008–2010 December 10–11, 2010[33]
Jacky Cheung Jacky Cheung Century Tour February 6–8, 2011
Janet Jackson Number Ones: Up Close and Personal *April 22–24, 2011 *November 26, 2011 [34]
Ricky Martin Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour April 30, 2011[35]
Kylie Minogue Aphrodite: Live May 22, 2011[36]
Sting Back to Bass Tour November 25, 2011
Wakin Chau January 28–29, 2012
Il Divo Il Divo & Orchestra in Concert July 13–14, 2012
Aretha Franklin July 15, 2012
Tony Bennett September 1, 2012
Sandy Lam February 16–17, 2013


  • Billboard Backstage Pass Awards: "Top Small Venue" (2004)
  • Billboard Magazine: "Venue of the Decade" (for venues 5,000 and under) (2009)
  • Billboard Touring Awards: "Top Small Venue" (2005–2007; 2009–2010)
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Best of Las Vegas" (2010)
  • Pollstar Concert Industry Awards: 100 Top Selling Theater Venues (2006)


External links[edit]


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