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Moulin Rouge: Will the Phoenix Rise Again

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 29th May 2005 2:00am
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The facade and distinctive script-lettered marquee of the Moulin Rouge is all that remains of the landmark that stands as both an icon of Las Vegas' civil rights progress and a crumbling monument to West Las Vegas' economic failures.

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Moulin Rouge passed on Tuesday with little fanfare. There long has been talk of restoring the city's historic first integrated casino to its former glory, but so far no brick-and-mortar progress has been seen.

On May 29, 2003, an arson fire destroyed all but the neon sign and front wall of the historic building at 900 W. Bonanza Road.

The resort's current owner, the Moulin Rouge Development Corp., continues to predict there will be a groundbreaking this fall for a $200 million Moulin Rouge resort that will be built in three phases. The projected completion date for the first phase is 2006, with the other two phases completed by 2008.

"The vision is still intact," Chauncey Moore, one of the project's principals, said of the plans that were announced in January 2004 for a 500-room hotel, 40,000-square-foot casino and a 500-seat showroom. "We are strongly committed to making the Moulin Rouge rise from the ashes."



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