Extras: “CASINO” FILMING LOCATIONS IN LAS VEGAS THAT TOURISTS CAN VISIT TODAY

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by Aveline MacQuoid on August 20, 2021

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Casino Filming Locations in Las Vegas
That Tourists Can Visit Today

One of the most famous casino-themed movies ever made is undoubtedly Martin Scorsese’s Casino. An epic story featuring an A-list cast of actors in Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci, Casino is the thrilling tale of the fast-paced casino empire of Las Vegas in the 70s and 80s, and everything that happens between two friends whose lifestyles revolve around it. Even though we are approaching the 26th anniversary of the famous movie, some of its filming locations can still be visited today. Here are some production spots you may recognize from the Vegas-based blockbuster.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

In the dome of the Plaza Hotel, Sin City visitors can check out Oscar’s Steakhouse, the restaurant that is featured in the well-known scene where Ginger McKenna (played by Sharon Stone) is arguing with her husband Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein (played by Robert De Niro) over a discussion about her frivolous spending habits. Today Oscar’s is still one of Vegas’ most beloved dining locations overlooking the lights of Freemont Street. With a diverse menu of quality meats, fresh seafood, and rich appetizers, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to reserve your table today and enjoy a meal in the same spot as De Niro once did.

The old sign of the Riviera Hotel and Casino is located at Las Vegas’ famous Neon Museum 

The Riv

A venue that has been the production site of several other well-known casino-themed movies like Diamonds Are Forever, Ocean’s Eleven, and Vegas Vacation, the Riviera Hotel and Casino, or simply the “Riv”, is the central backdrop of Casino and the spot where many familiar scenes in the movie take place. At the time of its reign, it was the oldest and most popular casino on Sin City’s famous Strip. Unfortunately, it is the only site on this list that both locals and visitors can’t actually step foot inside, as it was demolished in the summer of 2015 to make way for the new Vegas business district. As technology continues to develop and more casino patrons look for virtual options as opposed to in-person gaming, it’s quite fascinating to consider if a modern Online Casino could be incorporated into the plotline and somehow the filming location of a casino movie. Perhaps, in the future, there will be motion pictures shot within the realms of the digital gaming world in some form or fashion. After all, Casino was filmed back in 1995. It’s clear that 26 years later people’s gaming preferences have developed greatly.

Even in daylight, Las Vegas exudes glamour and luxury  

Piero’s Italian Cuisine

Another restaurant featured in Casino that Vegas tourists can dine at today is Piero’s Italian Cuisine. A spot that truly embodies ‘old-school Italy’, Piero’s first opened in the early 80s and started out as a popular place for celebrities to gather surrounded by plates of authentic pasta and pies. In addition to many of the Casino restaurant scenes that were filmed here, Piero’s has been frequented by a variety of politicians, singers, and sports stars over the years such as Bill Clinton, Justin Timberlake, and Mike Tyson. Today, Piero’s is one of the most famous off-the-Strip restaurants in Las Vegas, located within walking distance of Sin City’s major hotel brands, the Venetian, Wynn, and Caesar’s Palace.

Las Vegas Country Club

Fans of the movie Casino will remember one of the production’s most thrilling scenes where FBI agents must make a sudden landing on a golf course green following a loss of jet fuel. Believe it or not, this scene is actually based on the true story of the same event that happened back in 1981 at the Las Vegas Country Club. Today, the city’s longest-standing Country Club is an elite-members only club that is a perfect representation of quintessential Las Vegas glamour.

So, there you have it. Whether you just visit the exteriors of these locations or dine within their fancy walls, these are sites that lovers of the famous Casino movie should not miss. Additionally, those that admire Scorsese’s work may want to check out For the Record: Scorsese the Concert, a production review that pays tribute to the director’s works through songs and scenes from his most noteworthy films.

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