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Show Times--Early or Late?

Discussion in 'Shows & Entertainment' started by ronc, Sep 29, 2015.

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  1. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    My first trip to Vegas was in 1985. I was there twice in about six weeks; I completed the the Marine Corps Recruiter's School in San Diego between the two dates. I drove from Virginia to San Diego and Vegas was on the way...

    The two shows we attended--George Carlin and Bill Cosby/Sammy Davis, Jr.-- both started at around 11 p.m. There was something kind of magical about having a nice dinner, a bit of gambling time, and then on to the show. I just don't get that with all of the shows now starting much earlier than that. Dinner can be rushed if you eat before or at closing time in some of the nice places if you eat after. The evening is kind of spoken for by the event more than the event is part of the evening.

    The shows were refreshing--both were very good (no one had any idea how the story of Cosby would turn out; this isn't about that) and it led to staying in the casino until early morning.

    I know...may people already stay until early morning. I am older, so it may feel different now than it did then.

    It just felt so "Vegas" to have shows in the late evening...

    What do you think?
     
  2. Mirageluvr

    Mirageluvr Low-Roller

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    Never knew some shows went on at that time in the 80's. We started going to Vegas in the late 80's, and don't remember a whole lot. LOL I have to wonder if the club scene has impacted the late shows to a certain degree. Personally, I prefer a 9pm show, but will attend a 7pm show, and just eat early and near by. However a very thought provoking topic....thanks.
     
  3. paperposter

    paperposter VIP Whale

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    there are 10 pm shows i thnk thats the latest now except for concerts
    alot of comedy is 10 pm.

    and alot of theaters are double booked 7 pm and 9 or 930
     
  4. Snidely

    Snidely VIP Whale

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    I've seen advertisements for some Asian and European shows that start at midnight. The entire advertisements are in foreign languages so I just assume they are still thinking like RonC. I'm not sure I could pace myself properly to stay up for an 11pm show.
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Interesting. I typically like the 9:30 shows myself. But I've been known to stay up til sunrise too. :eek:
     
  6. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    mostly I think it's due to the increased family-friendliness of Vegas.

    those were the days when it was 100% smoking, drinking and gambling for adults only.

    I also think it's due to the death of the dinner-as-entertainment.

    now people go to restaurants right when they open, get their pre-theater prix fixe menu, in and out in an hour and on to the show.

    not many people still spend the time to enjoy leisurely 2.5-3+ hour meals for their evening.
     
  7. vegasvic

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    It's all schedule dependent for us. If we have a busy/early day planned the next day we'll do an early show the night before. If we plan to sleep in we'll do a late show. If it's a strip club night we'll do any early show then hit the strip club(s). All things equal we prefer a later show.
     
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