Throughout the past 25 years, visitors to Las Vegas have seen many changes,
but the fabulous service and warm atmosphere of the center-"Strip" Imperial
Palace Hotel & Casino is not one of them. One of the first themed
hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, the Imperial Palace remains one of the top 20
largest hotels in the world and the second largest privately owned
hotel-casino in the world.
Prior to becoming a pioneer in the worldwide gaming industry,
Ralph Engelstad was a general contractor, who began in the hospitality
industry by purchasing the grounds and buildings of the old Flamingo Capri
Motel in 1971. By 1974, he expanded the property to include East and North
buildings, along with the Shangri-La pool.
On January 1, 1976, the Imperial Palace Hotel began as the Impenal Palace
d.b.a. the Flamingo Capri. But it wasn't until November 1, 1979, that the
beautiful Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino opened its doors, with a staff
of 1,100 employees.
The oriental-themed hotel added its signature blue hue to the Las Vegas
"Strip" entertainment scene in June 1980, with the opening of the 850-seat
Imperial Theatre, now home to the multi-million-dollar stage extravaganza
"Legends In Concert."
Still performing twice nightly, except Sundays, for the past 17 years,
"Legends In Concert" is one of the most creatively honored shows anywhere
and features unbelievable, live recreations of musical superstars of yesterday
By 1981, the Imperial Palace was a 19-story hotel with 850 rooms, but was
expanded one year later to 1,500 rooms. During the 1986 expansion project, the
number of hotel rooms increased to 2,100 with the completion of another tower
and an additional 15,000 square feet of space added to the casino.
But that still wasn't enough for Engelstad who began a three-phase
expansion project in August 1987, which was completed in July 1989. The
three-phases included the addition of another tower, bringing the
room count to 2,640; an expansion of the front of the hotel to the sidewalk
of the famous Las Vegas "Strip," including a satellite casino, race & sports
book, health and fitness center, and office complex; and the addition of a
new Olympic-size swimming pool, a two-story waterfall, heated spa and a
The Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino now employs 2,400 people and has
received many awards and accolades for hiring the disabled, including the
1991 National Employer of the Year by the President's Committee on Employment
of People with Disabilities.
Throughout the 25 years, the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino has been proud
to pioneer some industry "firsts," such as the first drive-thru Race & Sports
Book, located in the rear parking lot off Koval Lane, and the first hotel in
the nation to begin the Airline Baggage Check-In Service together with
Certified Airline Passenger Services (C.A.P.S.) providing guests the
opportunity to check their baggage, receive boarding passes and seat
assignments right at the hotel, skipping all the hassles at the airport.
Ralph Engelstad, the management and staff are proud to celebrate the
Imperial Palace's Silver Anniversary, 25 years of expansion, growth and
excellence in service, entertainment and hospitality. Join the celebration
by calling (800) 634-6441 for room reservations or your local travel agency.
For more information about the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, the best value
center-"Strip," check out www.imperialpalace.com on the internet.
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