LUXOR HOTEL AND RESORT
The Luxor is located near the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, opposite the McCarran International Airport.The resort is flanked by the Mandalay Bay to the south and by the Excalibur to the north; all three are connected by free express and local trams. All three properties were built by Circus Circus Enterprises, which later became Mandalay Resort Group.When it opened on October 15, 1993, the pyramid was the tallest building on the strip and took 2 years to build using 968 workers construction costs totaled $375 million.A theater and two additional hotel towers containing 2,000 rooms were added in 1998 for $675 million.In June 2004, the Mandalay Resort Group was purchased by MGM Mirage.When the resort opened, it featured a river that encircled the casino with a ferry that would carry guests to different parts of the pyramid. After guests complained that the ferry service took too long, it was turned into the Nile River Tour, a river ride that passed by many pieces of ancient artwork. Most of the ancient Egypt theme and the river ride were taken away as part of a campaign to tailor the property towards more upscale tastes in 1995.
The resort has been home to some popular entertainment attractions in the Las Vegas area. The main level featured the nightclub, RA, which closed indefinitely on July 22, 2006. From 2000 to 2005, the Luxor Theatre was the home of the enormously popular performance-art show Blue Man Group, which has since moved to The Venetian. On February 15, 2006, the main theater became the home of the musical Hairspray which ran until 2006.
In 2006, MGM-Mirage began completely remodeling Luxor. Rooms in the East and West Towers have been refurnished. Two upscale restaurants, Isis and Sacred Sea Room, closed. This space became CatHouse. The RA nightclub was shuttered. Replacing it is the Las Vegas branch of LAX, a Los Angeles nightclub, which is co-owned by Christina Aguilera, it opened on August 31, 2007, in an event hosted by Britney Spears. The Luxor Steakhouse was renovated and reopened as Tender Steak & Seafood. The IMAX theater is now used to host a human bodies exhibition and an exhibition on the RMS Titanic.
Illusionist Criss Angel signed a deal in 2006 to tape episodes of his TV series Mindfreak at the hotel. Angel currently has a production office and store in the Luxor. In 2008, Criss Angel debuted in a new magic-themed Cirque du Soleil production at Luxor.