El Morocco Motel, Las Vegas...Doomed!?!?

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El Morocco Motel, Las Vegas...Doomed!?!?

Postby roadsidepictures » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:06 am

Name: El Morocco Motel Casino, Carving Cart Restaurant
Architect: Unknown
Year: 1961

Street: 2955 LAS VEGAS BLVD S
City: Las Vegas
State: Nevada
Zip: 89109
Country: U.S.A.
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Type: Small casino/restaurant/motel
Style: MidMod
Status: The lobby/restaurant/casino section (souvenir shop) is still standing. The motel section is in the process of being demolished.
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Postby lasvegaslynn » Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:49 pm

In its early life, it was Jack Dennison's Copper Cart Restaurant and Ash Resnick's El Morroco Restaurant.

Would make a great addition to the Neon Museum's acquistion of the La Concha as they resemble each other and the Neon Museum will likely need more exhibition space at some point.
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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:29 pm

I too wish El Morocco would be saved/moved. It's one of my favorite sites on the strip and right next to my favorite Vegas drinkin' spot, The Peppermill.

The main casino and foyer for El Morocco would certainly grant the Las Vegas Neon Museum much more diplay room, but would they have room on their current acres to reconstruct it? It would make a lovely dream if they did.

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Postby roadsidepictures » Sat Nov 04, 2006 1:13 pm

I dug out a couple of postcard views from the 1960's:

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Postby JMVegas5866 » Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:31 pm

I hope the main building of the El Morocco isn't demolished. It is also one of my favorite places to see after I have a meal at the Peppermill next door. It is so sad to see what the El Morocco once was and fastforward to what it is today. I can't stand it's current status of a retail shop. The thing that bugs me about it the most is the Asian lettering that's on it along with all the other signage plasterd all over the front of it. Current ownership doesn't seem to care about the place as it is now and I assume they don't even have a bit of respect for it's architectural history.

Here is my question: Wouldn't it be easier to try to save the El Morocco NOW rather than wait till some corporate company buys the building and the land upon which it sits?

Take the LaChoncha for example... I presume the majority of the money to save it went towards the moving of the building. Right? So why not save El Morocco now and keep it where it is? I'm sure a smart negotiator could work out something to offer the current owners?

I'm not to knowledgable of building restoration, but if the El Morocco is ever saved in the near future is it possible it could ever be restored back to almost exactly the way it was?
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Postby TomL » Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:24 pm

I saw the best concert at the El Morrocco in the early 1990s:

First was:

Cher imitator, then
Neil Diamond imitator, then
Terry Presley, Cousin to the King (came out to 2001 theme), then,
JACKIE AND THE CEDRICS (with some pre-5,6,7,8s members onstage with them) then,
the mighty PHANTOM SURFERS (who still had Bartlett at the time)

Surfers were definitely the best band of the evening, followed by the Neil Diamond guy, then the Cedrics, Terry P, and the Cher imitator was most definitely last.

Didn't see it mentioned here, but I recognized the tacky wallpaper from the El Morrocco in the "love" scenes between Pesci and Stone in Scorcese's Casino! They had duct tape covering holes in the wallpaper and spots where electrical sockets placed underneath(!) water fountains had caught fire leaving huge scorch marks on the wall. Still I loved that place! Terry Presley would stand on the strip all day with a megaphone "Tonight... it's ladie's night" just like in Blues Brothers.

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:29 pm

as of saturday night (march 8) all that was left were half of the arches.
we had thought there would be more time to salvage at least a few artifacts, but there was no notice.
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