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Binion's Lounge

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Sin City Sinner, Feb 3, 2014.

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  1. Sin City Sinner

    Sin City Sinner Low-Roller

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    I've been to Binion's a couple of times, but haven't spent a lot of time there.

    Over the weekend I was watching the movie Last Vegas and Mary Steenburgen's character is a lounge singer who performs for tiny audiences at Binion's.
    Just wondering if this was something that actually does exist at Binion's or was this Hollywood's vision of the cliche'd "Vegas Lounge Act"?
     
  2. Iu25

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    I watched that last week as well, and was wondering the same thing. Ive wandered all around that place looking for hidden places in the past and did not remember seeing this lounge. I thought maybe it was made for the movie or something, not exactly sure though!
     
  3. Sin City Sinner

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    Yeah, very likely it was done for the movie. A lot of movie & TV run with sort of the "stereotypical" Vegas, which I bought in to before actually going there for the first time almost 5 years ago.
    Now I hate that stuff.
    Like in the movie, the guys are heading to Aria and they walk past the Volcano at The Mirage, only the Mirage is on the left of them, meaning they are heading north AWAY from The Aria. Stuff like that shouldn't bug me, but it does.:nono:
     
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    We watched it On-Demand over the weekend, and that stuff bugged me too. I shouted to my wife, "they're going the wrong way to Aria!"

    About the lounge scene in Binions, the part right before they go into the lounge the first time, they are close to Benny's Bullpen I believe.. I almost thought they filmed it there, but then realized the bullpen is too small for what they showed. I watched thru the credits and saw a lot of stuff was filmed in Georgia.
     
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    I'm the same way, bugged me as well! There was one point they were having the same conversation beside the Mirage then next thing you know they were outside the Bellagio still walking, I was thinking, how did they just teleport??
     
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    Not to get off topic, but in one the Sopranos when Tony has to go to Vegas, I swear after leaving the airport he's in the tunnel and it's in the direction heading BACK towards the airport. And then the next thing they show the Excalibur and THEN Caesars!!!
     
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    I watched Last Vegas at the weekend and when I saw the Binion's lounge scenes I thought I will go and have a look for that when I go in May. Well at least I know now that it isn't there and it stops me endlessly wondering around Binion's looking for something that doesn't exist, I also easily spotted the mistake where they are walking the wrong way, how do they make a mistake like that when filming, they filmed scenes at Aria so they knew where it was. I did like the film though I thought it was a fun film.
     
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    I Liked it too, great actors, great city, and a nice little plot. But yeah, they could have just changed the direction that they were walking, lol. I sometimes wonder if they do things like this to get people talking about the film?

    I've noticed a lot of mistakes like this, and like Marcianofan mentioned with The Sopranos. The James Caan series Las Vegas was based in a fictional casino called Montecito which was supposed to be located across the street from The Luxor. But in later seasons when Ed Deline gets promoted to president, his office has a view that includes Harrah's. So what did they do? Have the President of casino operations take an office at Imperial Palace? :)
     
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    I did read something about the Las Vegas TV series on Imdb and about the positioning of the hotel that they were supposing to be working at, and views from the windows seem to be showing the north of the Strip when as you said the hotel supposed to be at the south of Strip.
     
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    I remember when that show was on tv and popular, we were getting ready to go to Vegas and my MIL was going with us. She said I want to go to that Mamacito place, it looks really cool! I had to gently break her the bad news that it wasnt real, she didnt believe me till we got there! :rolleyes2:
     
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    Back when the show was popular we used to get get questions on this board all the time about it. People wanting to stay there or people trying to figure out it's exact location. It made me wonder if they had just used a real hotel/casino how much money they could have made.

    It was a guilty pleasure show for me. I loved the vegas stuff but it was so unrealistic it wasn't funny.
     
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    I've often wondered that about if the Montecito had been a real place, how much that place would have made in revenue.

    The show was definitely unrealistic, but between the exterior shots of Las Vegas, the acting of Sir James Caan and the beauty of Vanessa Marcil it was definitely worth watching.
     
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    Given the name they chose to call it, they could have used the Monte Carlo
     
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    Another thing about LAST VEGAS that bugged me was at one point Mary Steenburgen and Michael Douglas walk out of Binion's and sit down ON A BENCH!!!! I was like "WHAT??? There are NO benches on Fremont St. If there were I would have sat on them!!!"[​IMG]
     
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    Anyone who knows Binion's would know that they don't have a lounge or lounge singers. Especially the "old" Binions Horseshoe, when Benny ran it.

    I remember some years ago when the Wall Street Journal interviewed "the old man" for a feature article and they asked him why they didn't have any entertainment, like the other Vegas clubs do. He answered, "Ain't no man gonna blow my money out the end of some damn horn."

    Sort of says it all.
     
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