Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies
We've recently received a tip that MGM Resorts International have begun removing the cloth canopies above the table games inside of Bellagio's casino.
Not only have the canopy drapes been removed, they've removed the drape supports and started filling in and repainting the screw holes.
The casino canopies have been a defining feature of Bellagio's casino since the joint opened in 1998. The tassel fringe drapery oozes old world classic luxury and provides a softness to the millwork. The fabrics were selected specifically to filter harsh direct lighting and make skin tones look gorgeous (ignore for a moment the wonky white balance in the above linked photo).
This simple change could be the precursor to a larger renovation of Bellagio's casino and public areas as it closes in on its 20th anniversary in 2018. MGM Resorts International engaged a partial renovation (half-assed) of Mirage's casino and public areas to celebrate that property's 20th anniversary in 2009.
I'm generally skeptical when it comes to MGM's design sensibilities. I fear that, instead of maintaining and enhancing a ground breaking masterpiece of casino design, MGM will excise the lilting Mediterranean sensuality - the effervescence that makes Bellagio, Bellagio - and pave over it with a pastiche of mismatched themes du jour floating in a ice cold sea of modernity.
Thanks P.S. for the tip!
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