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The Tropicana Hotel and Casino
Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is located on the south end of Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana Avenue.
At this location, Tropicana Ave & Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, has the most hotel rooms of any intersection in the world and is also one of the busiest. Pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, the Tropicana is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges.
In 1955, Ben Jaffe, an executive of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, came to Las Vegas and bought a 40-acre parcel at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Bond Road (now Tropicana Avenue) Construction ran over schedule and over budget, due in part to competition for labor with the under-construction Stardust down the road.
In the 1960s, the Tropicana fared poorly from competition with the larger hotels such as Caesars Palace and the Las Vegas Hilton.
A scene from Folies Bergere is featured in the 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas.
In the 7th James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, 007 stays at the hotel Tropicana.
The Las Vegas sequence of The Godfather was filmed in the Tropicana.
The hotel is also referred briefly in The Godfather Part II and a few deleted scenes take place inside the hotel. To avoid copyright issues, the name of the hotel was changed to "Tropigala" during filming, although the original name remained in the final draft of the script.
It was featured on the TV Show Charlie's Angels in the episode "Angels In Vegas" in 1978 with Dean Martin guest starring.
It was featured on the TV Show Angel in the episode "The House Always Wins" as the casino where the character Lorne had his show.
A show was taped in the Tropicana for Malcolm in the Middle in 2003.
A two part episode of Designing Women, Season 7, is set in the Tropicana. Anthony meets and marries a showgirl from the Folies Begere.
The game shows Dealer's Choice & Las Vegas Gambit were taped at the Tropicana.
The first half of the first season of the revival of the game show Let's Make a Deal was being taped at thr Trop. Hosted by Wayne Brady, it began airing on CBS October 5, 2009. The show moved to Los Angeles during a reconstruction period.
From 1959 the Tropicana hosted the Folies Bergére Show, the longest running revue theater show in Las Vegas. It closed down March 27, 2009, shortly before its 50th anniversary.
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