Thank you for 67 years of spectacle

Showgirls at Trop

It was 1957, and the Las Vegas Strip was teeming with fresh energy.    

There were talks of a resort filled with the kind luxury Las Vegas had never seen before. A 60-foot high, tulip-shaped fountain welcomed its visitors. The ceiling was made by Tiffany & Co., and the concourse inspired by legendary Cuban haunts that attracted an upscale clientele.   

The Tropicana changed Las Vegas forever. Glitz and glamour soon became synonymous with the Strip’s most lavish resort. Its Folies Bergère production became so popular, it is still the longest running show in the history of Las Vegas. Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, Gladys Knight and other legendary performers would grace showrooms inside “The Trop.”  

On April 2, 2024, the world says farewell to a Las Vegas landmark. The Tropicana Hotel’s legacy helped propel Las Vegas into the sports and entertainment capital it is today.    

To everyone who made the Tropicana a legendary cornerstone in Las Vegas over its incredible 67 years, we are forever indebted and grateful. The Tropicana will remain in the memories of every person who ever stepped through its doors.  

  

A chronological look at this historic Las Vegas resort
 

The $15 million Tropicana opens at the southeast corner of Tropicana Ave and Las Vegas Blvd with 300 rooms. Billed as the “Tiffany of the Strip,” it was the most expensive Vegas resort ever developed.

Folies Bergère debuted at the Tropicana, beginning a 50-year engagement that makes it the longest running show in Las Vegas history. At its peak, more than 600,000 people will attend the show annually.

1964

The movie “Viva Las Vegas,” starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, was released. It includes a scene filmed at the Tropicana’s Fountain Theatre with the Folies Bergère cast. 

 

1967 

Master illusionists Siegfried & Roy, who would go onto stardom 20-plus years later headlining at The Mirage, made their Las Vegas debut as part of Folies Bergère. 

1971

In the James Bond film, “Diamonds Are Forever,” Agent 007 (played by Sean Connery) stayed at the Tropicana because he heard it was “quite comfortable.” 

1972

Director Francis Ford Coppola must have made the Tropicana an offer that couldn’t be refused because the resort was featured in “The Godfather” as the casino business run by Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino).

1973

The Tropicana opened a new 1,100-seat showroom, called the Superstar Theatre, to the specifications of legendary Rat Pack performer Sammy Davis Jr. The theater was later renamed the Tropicana Theater and stars such as Gladys Knight and Wayne Newton performed residencies there. From 2017 to its closing, the venue was home to the Prince tribute show, “Purple Reign.”

1998 

Stunt performer Robbie Knievel jumped a motorcycle across 30 limousines in the Tropicana parking lot as part of a live two-hour made-for-TV special.

 

March 28, 2009

After nearly 29,000 shows, the Tropicana held the final performance of Folies Bergère.  

 

2011

Unveiling a new South Beach theme, the Tropicana completed a $180 million renovation project. 

2012

The Laugh Factory comedy club opened inside the resort’s mezzanine-level showroom. 

April 2, 2024

Nearly 67 years to the day after opening, the Tropicana closes its doors for good.