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3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose(s): Addition
Constructed: 1991
Opened: 1993-10-15
Theme: Eqyptian
Style: Post-Modern
Cost: $390M
Other Size Measure: 4,407 Rooms
Owners: Mandalay Resort Group 1991-2005
MGM Mirage 2005-Present
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Description: - A "sky beam" - reportedly the most powerful light in the world - shoots up from the pyramid's peak at night. It can be seen from an airplane on a clear night from 250 miles away.
- The guest rooms in the pyramid only offer showers, not bathtubs. Plumbing for tubs wasn't possible because of the structure's unique form.
- To reach their guest rooms in the pyramid, guests must use an inclinator, a special elevator that rises at a 39 degree angle.
Information provided from Emporis. Accessed October 11, 2007.
Extra Note: Scott Morris Productions, Inc. The making of Luxor. New York : Scott Morris Productions, c1994.
1 videocassette (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in

Betsky, Aaron. "Pyramid Schemes: Veldon Simpson and Douglas Trumbull." I.D. Magazine. April 1994: 50.

Fazzini, Richard A. and McKercher, Mary E. 2003. Imhotep Today: Egyptianizing Architecture. Edited by Jean-Marcel Humbert and Clifford Price. London: UCL Press. 154-157.

Harris, Bill. "Building Nevada :Featuring Nevada's Building Industry Leaders." 1st ed. Newport Beach, CA: Landmark Books, 2007: 9. UNLV Arch Bk Stks HD9715.25.U63 N34 2007.

“Nifty Nineties: Nevada’s Fast-Growth Rockets into a Building Bonanza.” Southwest Contractor, August 2003, 16-17.

Simpson, Jeff. "Evolution of the Las vegas Strip." Urban Land. September 2007: 105-107.

Simpson, Veldon. 11 November 2007. personal email. (11 November 2007).

Sorkin, Michael. "Post-Sin City: America's archetypal fantasy city comes to life with pirates, prymids and perpetual motion. A critic decodes the riddle that is the new Las Vegas." I.D. Magazine. April 1994: 44-49.

“The List: Casinos.” Las Vegas Business Press. October 3, 2005. 20-21.
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