The recently closed down Sahara Hotel and Casino was home to the Rat Pack. It also served as the filming location for the 1960’s film Ocean’s Eleven. Learn more about this legendary casino after the break.
In 1952, the Sahara Hotel and Casino opened its doors to the public for the first time. The casino had a Moroccan theme, complete with coach-gate arches and a minaret. Sahara was frequented by locals and tourists alike because of the musical acts and other entertaining performances. Among those who performed there were Liza Minnelli, The Platters, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich and of course, the Rat Pack which consists of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Sahara is also known as the filming location for the 1960 movie, Ocean’s Eleven, which was remade by director Steven Soderbergh in 2001. In the movie, eleven World War II veterans plan to rob 5 of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas, Sahara being one of them.
After nearly 6 decades in business, the Sahara finally closed its doors as the final guest checked out last May 16. The closing of Sahara had a great impact to many since it was not just a hotel and casino. Sahara was the last standing symbol of the Rat Pack Era, a period of great importance to the entertainment industry.
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