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    International (Las Vegas Hilton, now Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, or LVH)

    International (Las Vegas Hilton, now Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, or LVH)

    International (Las Vegas Hilton, now Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, or LVH) Las Vegas, Nevada

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    International Hotel, circa 1969

    The International Hotel was the first true mega-resort and the first utilizing Martin Stern Jr.’s distinctive tri-form, with room wings radiating from a central service core.

    It was also known for its mammoth showroom and variety of internationally-themed restaurants. Kirk Kerkorian took over the original hotel concept from Marvin Krattner who had envisioned an exclusive International Country Club Estates with a championship golf course and hotel on the site of the old Las Vegas Speedway. Kerkorian purchased the property from Krattner and completed construction in 1969 of what was the largest hotel and casino in the world in record time.

    Kerkorian hired Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley for the resort’s grand opening, but Elvis let Streisand open, and followed her with 58 consecutive performances. Elvis re-launched his career in Las Vegas, and continued to perform at the International until 1976, living in the penthouse suite during his stays in Las Vegas. The International was the site for the fight in which Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the World Heavy weight championship in 1978. The International was also the site of the notorious Navy Tailhook Association meeting in 1991.

    In 1981, just 90 days after the MGM Grand fire, an arson fire was set in the International in which eight people died. Firemen who had learned from the MGM fire were able to keep guests out of hallways and stairwells.

    The original sign blew down in a storm in 1994. The new sign, built in 1997, was the largest free-standing sign in the world, and was taken down in December, 2011.

    Architectural drawing, International Hotel, 1968

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    Martin Stern, Jr., Special Collections page

    Location of all projects in the collection

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    Westgate Las Vegas

    Westgate Las Vegas

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    Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

    The property as seen in 2018

    Location Winchester, Nevada, U.S.

    Address 3000 Paradise Road

    Opening date July 2, 1969; 52 years ago (as The International)

    No. of rooms 2,956

    Total gaming space 54,923 square feet (5,102.5 m2)

    Permanent shows Notable restaurants Benihana Edge Steakhouse Fresco Italiano

    Silk Road Asian Bistro

    Casino type Land-based

    Owner Westgate Resorts

    Operating license holder GVII LLC

    Architect Martin Stern Jr.

    Previous names International (1969–1971)

    Las Vegas Hilton (1971–2012)

    LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (2012–2014)

    Renovated in 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1995, 1999

    Website westgatelasvegas.com

    The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is a hotel, casino, and timeshare resort in Winchester, Nevada. Located near the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip, it is owned by Westgate Resorts. It opened in 1969 as the International Hotel, and was known for many years as the Las Vegas Hilton, then briefly as the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, until taking its current name in 2014. From 1981 to 1990, it was the largest hotel in the world.


    1 Facilities 2 History

    2.1 International Hotel (1969–1971)

    2.2 Las Vegas Hilton (1971–2012)

    2.2.1 1981 fire 2.2.2 1981–2012 2.3 LVH (2012–2014)

    2.4 Westgate Las Vegas (2014–present)

    3 Architecture 4 Entertainment

    4.1 International Theater

    4.2 Westgate Cabaret

    4.3 Star Trek: The Experience

    4.4 Elvis performances and legacy

    5 Popular culture 5.1 Television 5.2 Film 6 Sporting events 6.1 Boxing 6.2 Other sports 7 Gallery 8 See also 9 References 10 External links


    The Westgate is located on a 64-acre (26 ha) site on the east side of Paradise Road, approximately 0.4 miles (0.64 km) east of Las Vegas Boulevard. It is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center to the south and Las Vegas Country Club to the east.

    The hotel has 2,956 rooms.[1] The hotel tower is 375 feet (114 m) tall, with 30 floors.[2] The top floor consists of three "Sky Villas" geared towards "high roller" customers, each with a private swimming pool and at least 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of space.[3][4]

    The casino has 54,923 square feet (5,102.5 m2) of gaming space as of 2017, with 576 slot machines, 38 table games, 10 poker tables, and a race and sports book.[5][6] The casino's sportsbook, the SuperBook, is billed as the largest in the world.[7][8]

    The Westgate has various eateries, including fine dining restaurants, a buffet, and a food court.[9] Benihana Village, opened in 1974, is a Japanese-themed area with streams and gardens, with several restaurants centered around its namesake teppanyaki grill.[10]

    The Westgate's convention center has 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2) of event space, including the 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) Paradise Event Center (formerly the Hilton Center) and the 43,000 sq ft (4,000 m2) Pavilion (formerly the Hilton Pavilion).[11]

    Recreation amenities at the Westgate include a 5-acre (2.0 ha) pool deck,[4] a fitness center,[12] a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) spa,[13] and six tennis courts.[14][15] The hotel also has several retail shops,[16] a wedding chapel,[17] and a business center.[18]

    The Westgate station of the Las Vegas Monorail is located at the front of the property.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

    Layout of the property as seen in 2003, facing southward

    1 Hotel tower, east wing

    2 Hotel tower, north wing

    3 Hilton Pavilion 4 Hilton Center 5 Marquee sign 6 Main entrance

    7 Star Trek: The Experience

    8 Monorail station

    9 North parking garage

    10 Hilton Grand Vacations building

    11 Las Vegas Convention Center

    12 Las Vegas Country Club

    13 Paradise Road


    International Hotel (1969–1971)[edit]

    A photo postcard of the International Hotel.

    Newspaper advertisement for the 1969 grand opening of the hotel.

    The hotel site was previously part of the grounds of Las Vegas Park, a defunct racetrack.[19] In 1965, the 400-acre (160 ha) track site was purchased by National Equities, a real estate development firm chaired by Marvin Kratter.[20][21] Kratter announced development plans for the site to include a 40-floor, 1,500-room hotel, as well as a golf course and private homes.[20][21]

    Source : en.wikipedia.org

    The International Hotel

    The International Hotel Of Las Vegas, NV. Located at 3000 S. Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109. The hotel is now known at the Las Vegas Hilton. Having failed in Vegas 13 years prior his return to Vegas, Elvis was understandability nervous. But he has no reason for concern. He sang great, and the...

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    The International Hotel


    The International Hotel Of Las Vegas, NV.

    International Hotel 1970, for "That's The Way It Is"

    Located at 3000 S. Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109. The hotel is now known at the Las Vegas Hilton.

    Having failed in Vegas 13 years prior his return to Vegas, Elvis was understandability nervous. But he has no reason for concern. He sang great, and the fan response was overwhelming. The series of concerts broke house records, drawing more than 100,000 people and grossing 1.5 dollars. He earned a reported $100,000 per week.

    Elvis returned to Las Vegas in the late 1969, playing July to August then returning in 1970 in January. Elvis would play all over the country in the ‘70s, but it was Las Vegas that would forever become associated with this period oh his life. The common pattern was to play Vegas for a series of concerts every January, often returning later in the year for another engagement, and visit other cities all over the country in between


    1 The Scheduled Tours

    2 The Contract Renegotiation

    3 Glittered Up for the Shows

    4 The Band 5 References

    The Scheduled Tours

    July 31 – August 28, 1969

    January 26 – February 23, 1970

    August 10 – September 8, 1970

    January 26 – February 23, 1971

    By the time the August 9 – September 6, 1971 engagement was set, the International Hotel was bought by the Hilton Franchise.

    The Contract Renegotiation

    August 23, 1969

    The historic idea for Elvis’ return to Las Vegas was negotiated by Colonel Tom Parker and Alex Shoofey, president of the International Hotel, owned by Kirk Kerorian. The Colonel took notes on the tablecloth as they hammered out the deal, including a proviso that if Shoofey left the hotel, the contract, could be renegotiated. In 1971, Kerkorian sold the hotel to Baron Hilton, whereupon Shoofrey retired, and veteran hotel executive Henry Lewin took over. Soon after, Lewin – a legendarily tough negotiator himself – was visited by the Colonel, toting the old tablecloth with, among other things, the scribbled contract renegotiation clause. Suffice it to say, Lewin made a new deal.

    Glittered Up for the Shows

    The new live shows were not just about the music or the Hillbilly cat we new before. They were about the King himself. In other words, they were about glitter and glitz as well as musicianship. They were choregraphed around his image- his arrival on the stage was dramatized, as was his departure. Elvis worked each crowd as if it would be his last. No longer the supercharged Hillbilly Cat, Elvis was now consummate professional: smooth, powerful and passionate, already seeming more myth than man.

    Elvis had an intutitive feeling for what his audience wanted to hear. The order of the songs was strictly Elvis’ choice, though he welcomed suggestions from his musicians. There was surprisingly few special effects, and little emphasis on production values. Elvis was the show.

    The Band

    Feb. 1970

    Elvis’ Vegas shows presented the full range of his singing talents – pop ballads, country standards, gospel hyms, and rocking R&B. His touring band, organized at the beginning of 1969/1970 – the TCB Band – was powerful and polished.

    James Burton on lead guitar

    John Wilkenson and Jerry Scheff on rhythm gutar

    Glen Harding on piano

    Joe Osbourne on bass

    Ronnie Tutt and Hal Blaine on drums

    Pat Houston on trumpet

    Marty Harrell on trombone

    In addition to his band, he also had backup female vocal group, The Sweet Inspirations, who played with Elvis on both concert and studio sessions. The Grammy award winning four-some backed up Aretha Franklin before moving over to Elvis.

    Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney Houston)

    Estelle Brown Sylvia Shenwell Myrna Smith


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    “Elvis Live On Tour 1954 to 1977” by, Robert Gordon © 1996 St. Martin’s Griffen. NY

    “Elvis And You” by, Laura Victoria and John O’Hara © 2000 Perigee Press. NY

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