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1970s Las Vegas: Striking Pictures From The Glory Days Of The Entertainment Capital

In the 1970s, Las Vegas was thriving with 24 hours gambling, showgirls, casinos, restaurants, and hotels illuminated with neon lights. There were high and low budget burlesque shows like Burlesque and Branded. Live music was the norm in every casino, with fantastic groups entertaining for free. Food was excellent, from gourmet dining to the 99 cent breakfasts and $5 steak special downtown. The Las Vegas city hall was finally completed and opened for the public in 1973. Here below are some fantastic vintage photos that give a glimpse of 1970s Las Vegas.

Be sure to check out, what Las Vegas looked like in the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s.

#1 A view of the intersection of the Las Vegas Strip and Riviera Boulevard, the Morocco Motel and Sands Hotel are in the background in November 1975 in Las Vegas

#2 The Mint and Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel in Las Vegas, March 1975.

#3 A view of the pool at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in November 1975

#4 A hoarding advertising an appearance by The Osmonds at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas from July to August 1974.

#6 ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada, November 1975.

#7 A view of the pool at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in November 1975.

#8 A view of the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in October 1977.

#9 One of the largest casino rooms in Las Vegas, 1971.

#11 Neon signs advertising the casinos and saloons of Las Vegas, outside Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel, 1975.

#12 Coin Castle, a waving cowboy sign, and the Golden Nugget hotel in Las Vegas, March 1975.

#13 Whittlese Blue Cab with an ad for Helen Reddy at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

#14 Winner of Poker Championship 1977, Doyle Brunson takes home $340,000, Las Vegas, 1977.

#15 Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla at the George Klein’s wedding party, Las Vegas, 1970.

#16 Traffic on an avenue in Las Vegas, November 1979.

#18 A large sign outside Circus Circus, Las Vegas, 1977.

#19 A row of fruit machines or one-armed bandits in Las Vegas, March 1975.

#21 A view of a billboard for the Burlesque Palace in November 1975 in Las Vegas

#22 Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street at night, 1977.

#23 Circus Circus, Denny’s Restaurant and a Phillips 66 gas station, Las Vegas, 1977.

#25 A view of entrance to the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

#26 A view of the Castaways Hotel Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

#27 Golden Nugget’s 5th Annual Celebrity softball game, Las Vegas, 1977.

#29 Private planes parked at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, 1975.

#30 A view of the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) and the Desert Inn Hotel in November 1975

#32 A demonstration outside the Las Vegas Sands casino and resort in Nevada, 1971.

#33 Cher with George Burns at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 1979.

#34 Caterina Valente with Rudi Carrell in Las Vegas, 1973.

#35 A billboard announcing Ella Fitzgerald live in a hotel casino, ‘Flamingo’, 1971.

#36 Las Vegas, On the ‘Strip’ road bordered with palaces and casinos, the ‘Tropicana’, 1971.

#38 French Boxer Gratien Tonna in a horse ranch in Las Vegas, 1978.

#39 Golden Nugget Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard, 1979.

#40 A view of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and pool in October 1977 in Las vegas

#41 View of neon signs along Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1979.

#44 A view of Foxy’s Restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

#45 Las Vegas Police investigate a crime outside the Village Inn Pancake House on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

#46 The Golden Nugget gambling hall, Las Vegas, 1976.

#48 Two female spectators looking at John McEnroe of the United States during the Alan King Tennis Classic on 23 April 1979 at Las Vegas.

#49 Alice Cooper with his wife Sheryl Goddard at the Kenny Rogers Golden Nugget celebrity softball game in Las Vegas, 1977.

#50 The front of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, March 1975.

#51 A planning meeting on a building site in the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, 1975.

#52 Actress Debbie Reynolds, seated on a craps table in the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, 1971.

#53 Actress Jane Fonda at a welfare rights march in Las Vegas, 1971.

#55 Firefighters and fire engine in the streets of Las Vegas, 1975.

#56 Las Vegas Police investigate a crime outside the Village Inn Pancake House on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

#59 Sean Connery poses as James Bond in a scene from the move ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ in 1971 in Las Vegas

#62 Candidate Jimmy Carter at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas during his presidential campaign, 1976.

#64 Elvis Presley holds a press conference at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel to announce his upcoming concert ‘Aloha from Hawaii’, 1972.

#65 Muhammad Ali fighting against British boxer Joe Bugner during their heavyweight fight at Las Vegas Convention Centre, 1973.

#66 Bernie Taupin with Freddie Mercury of Queen at a post-concert party in Las Vegas, 1977.

#67 Hannelore Kramm with Henio at the Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, 1978.

#68 French Actor Thierry Le Luron in Las Vegas, 1977.

#69 Tennis Player Jimmy Connors during a match, Las Vegas, 1975.

#70 A painted figure depicting a Southern Belle in Las Vegas, March 1975.

#71 Talk show host Merv Griffin showcasing Merv Griffin Blvd in Las Vegas, 1975.

#72 A view of downtown Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street, 1975.

A view of downtown Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street, 1975.

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  1. We had a cab driver who was on some kind of drug, telling us that back in the day Vegas had no speed limit and only one highway out of town. Since I’m from Canada, I found it pretty wild that you could just get into cabs with joints or beers. It’s quite literally sin city.

  2. My parents used to take me to Las Vegas every year. Even my dad would stop along the way to place bets, and as long as we stayed “far enough away” – whatever that meant – we were fine. As a teen, I played enough poker or Blackjack in the casinos to run the table at home. Eventually, no one would even play with me anymore because I always won. I eventually stopped going with my parents as a teen since I had “learned the game”.

  3. the Strip was the place to be. Imagine walking down the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, lined with iconic hotels and casinos like the Sands, the Stardust, and the Flamingo. These places were like magical kingdoms, with their grand entrances, marquee signs, and flashy neon lights illuminating the night sky. You couldn’t help but be drawn into their glitzy allure.