Bonanza Movie Palace
3645 Las Vegas Boulevard S,
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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres
Walter Reade Theatres opened the 411-seat Bonanza Movie Palace inside the Hotel Bonanza in August 16, 1967 with Milo O'Shea in “Ulysses”. The Las Vegas Sun reported on a four-month run of “From Sir, With Love" starring Sidney Poitier, which began on November 1, 1967 and ran through February 1968. Also advertised was a 500-seat showroom called the Opera House, which when not headlining country music stars showed free classic films such as “Bridge on the River Kwai" from 11pm to 7am.
According to Las Vegas history the Bonanza Hotel opened in July 1967 but because of financial troubles the gaming board closed the casino in October. The property was sold to Kirk Kerkorian in 1968 and on May 28, 1969, the Las Vegas Sun reported that the long closed Bonanza was opening again under a new owner.
Despite the turmoil the Bonanza Movie Palace continued to be listed in the Las Vegas Sun through July 1970 and the Bonanza Hotel operated at least until 1973, the year the infamous MGM Grand was built near the site.
A Bonanza Hotel postcard listed the location as 3633 Las Vegas Boulevard S. The Desert Sun gave the location as 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard S., which today would be Bally’s Las Vegas.
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