Sands Hotel and Casino

Former casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Sands Hotel and Casino
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Sands Hotel and Casino in 1959
Location Paradise, Nevada
Address 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening dateDecember 15, 1952
Closing dateJune 30, 1996; 24 years ago (June 30, 1996)
No. of rooms715
Signature attractionsCopa Room
Casino typeLand-based
Owner1967-1981 Howard Hughes
1981-1983 Inns of Americas
1983-1988 Summa Corp.
1988-1989 MGM Grand, Inc.
1989-1996 Las Vegas Sands
ArchitectWayne McAllister
Renovated in1965, 1978
Coordinates36°07′17″N 115°10′08″W / 36.12139°N 115.16889°W / 36.12139; -115.16889Coordinates: 36°07′17″N 115°10′08″W / 36.12139°N 115.16889°W / 36.12139; -115.16889

The Sands Hotel and Casino was a historic hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, United States, that operated from 1952 to 1996. Designed by the architect Wayne McAllister, with a prominent 56-foot (17 m) high sign, the Sands was the seventh resort to open on the Strip. During its heyday, the Sands was the center of entertainment and "cool" on the Strip, and hosted many famous entertainers of the day, most notably the Rat Pack and Jerry Lewis.

The hotel was established in 1952 by Texan oil tycoon Jake Freedman, who bought up the LaRue Restaurant, which had opened two years earlier. The hotel was opened on December 15, 1952 as a casino with 200 rooms, and was established less than three months after the opening of the Sahara Hotel and Casino. The hotel rooms were divided into four two-story motel wings, each with fifty rooms, and named after famous race tracks. Crime bosses such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello acquired shares in the hotel and attracted Frank Sinatra, who made his performing debut at Sands in October 1953. Sinatra later bought a share in the hotel himself. Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. were instrumental throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s in bringing a change in racial policy in Sands, and after an incident in 1961, it began employing blacks. In 1960 the classic caper film Ocean's 11 was shot at the hotel, and it subsequently attained iconic status,[1] with regular performances by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., Red Skelton and others, who performed regularly in the hotel's world-renowned Copa Room.

In the mid 1960s, Sands and its adjacent properties were bought by the reclusive businessman Howard Hughes, who built a 500-room tower and modernized the hotel. After the 1970s it fell into decline until its final owner, Sheldon Adelson, made the decision to shut it down and to build a brand new resort. On November 26, 1996, the Sands was imploded and demolished, and The Venetian built in its place.

  1. ^ "Sands Hotel". Onlinenevada.org. Retrieved July 29, 2015.

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