Resorts World is one of Las Vegas’ exciting new resorts to come, alongside downtown LV’s Circa Resort. The two mega properties were in construction long before the infamous COVID-19 pandemic hit, and thankfully, construction is still going strong with their completion dates on target.
The future is still bright for Las Vegas entertainment, and Resorts World is making sure it’s going to have a giant slice of that pie.
Resorts World Las Vegas just announced that they will be welcoming a new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue within its walls, called “The Theatre.”
In a partnership with AEG, the new entertainment venue will be exclusively programmed and operated by Concerts West, which is a division of AEG presents.
In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas, and John Meglen, president and co-CEO of Concerts West said that The Theatre is going to “redefine the Las Vegas residency, reimagine the theatrical experience on the Strip and recast how artists create their shows.”
Sibella said Resorts World was looking for the right partnership and found that with AEG, since AEG is a veteran when it comes to the Las Vegas entertainment scene, especially when it comes to booking touring acts and residencies.
“The Theatre”: A State-of-the-Art Theatre Unlike Any Other Vegas Venue
Although Las Vegas stages and stages around the world have gone dark for the past few months, come summer 2021, that should hopefully change with Resorts World’s exciting new addition to the Vegas Strip: The Theatre.
The 5000-capacity theatre, which is being designed by Scéno Plus, will feature innovative staging and advanced technology laced throughout. Tailored to the A-list performers who will be gracing the stage, there will be VIP amenities for them all afloat.
The stage will be among one of the largest on the Strip, with dimensions of 64-feet deep by 196-feet wide, altogether making up a whopping 13,550 square feet.
Before concert-goers even feast their eyes on the venue’s massive size, they’ll be greeted by a dazzling 65-foot custom chandelier dangling inside of The Threatre’s four-story lobby, which will be decorated in hues of black and champagne.
The Theatre will also feature a multi-dimensional surround sound experience, with an audio system containing 265 speakers.
5,000 square feet of LED screens will also allow artists to display their content in a loud way.
VIP guests will get the VIP in the new concert venue, with their very own entrance, two private salons featuring lounge seating and full-service bars.
Who Will the Entertainment Lineup Include?
According to Sibella, the entertainment lineup that the new concert will feature will be as varied as the concert-goers themselves, from legendary acts to current chart-toppers.
Meglen with AEG is designing the venue to appeal to every artist in town. Meglen hopes they’ll look at the venue and ask themselves why they’re not playing there. According to Meglen, artists need the right tools, crews, and atmosphere to perform at their best. He wants the artist’s entire organization to look around The Theatre and think it’s the greatest place they’ve ever played.
Meglen has A-list experience, too. Formerly, he partnered with AEG svp John Nelson and Caesars Palace to create the famed Colosseum. The Colosseum, as you may know, has been home to superstar residencies for years, including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Shania Twain.
Live Entertainment Still on Hold in Vegas
With Nevada’s current COVID-19 cases topping 30,000, the state will likely be in phase two of its reopening plan for a while longer. Most recently, Gov. Steve Sisolak rolled bars back to their phase one standards for reopening, causing any bar that strictly only serves alcohol to shut back down until further notice.
So of course, the elephant in Vegas’ room is that live entertainment is still shelved and won’t be able to make its debut until the Silver State reaches phase four of its recovery plan, and it’s unsure how long that will be.
Sibella says that despite live entertainment being on hold, at some point something has to give.
“There’s not a point that we’re not going to open, but you have to remember these buildings aren’t built for 50% occupancy,” Sibella says “You don’t build a theater and then all of a sudden say, ‘we only want 2,000 people in there—every other seat.’”
Sibella says the current occupancy caps could very well ruin the economic model and energy of the program. He says that things need to get better soon, or that properties on the Strip need to relook at their models and come up with a solution in how to better operate these massive buildings.
He’s hopeful that things will return to normalcy by mid-2021, and that the non-gaming revenue aspect will continue to grow. Sibella believes music fans will be leading the charge to that specific economy since they’ll be after these singular, concert experiences that the city offers so well.
Other Resorts World Updates
A few weeks ago, the 3,500-room, $4.3 billion, 88-acre luxury resort featuring three Hilton brands, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LXR, and Conrad, unveiled their guestrooms designs for the Hilton and Conrad hotels in the complex.
The resort’s 550-square-foot premium king and queen rooms will feature bright color scheme a mix of patterns and textures, including contrasting metal and organic, earthy elements.
The design, which was imagined by KNA Design, features the theme of luxury geometric “fluidity.” The theme is evident in the wave-patterned, mixed-blue carpet and drapery, with gold accents across the room’s private bar.
The glass walk-in shower also ties into the theme, adding a contemporary aesthetic and essence to the overall look.
And just last week on Independence Day, Resorts World Las Vegas activated its 100,000-square-foot LED screen for the first time, displaying digital fireworks to onlookers.
The activation was a glimpse into the progressive technology with features in the future when it opens its doors in the summer of 2021.
The 294 feet by 340 feet LED screen is on the resort’s west tower, and there are plans to have a 19,000-square-foot LED screen on its east tower in time. The time it took to complete the west tower’s LED screen was approximately seven months.
Despite the current coronavirus climate, Resorts World Las Vegas is still on track to be completed by the summer of 2021.
Sibella said that the resort isn’t just going to be the newest Strip resort, but the first serious foothold in America by Genting Group.
About Resorts World Las Vegas
The new $4.3 billion next-generation integrated resort is the first resort to be built from the ground up in Las Vegas in almost a decade.
According to the company, the resort is being designed to appeal to a wide variety of both domestic and international tourists, with luxury and modernization at its core.
The casino gaming floor will feature 117,000 square feet of gaming, including slots, table games, a designated poker room, and high-limit areas and more.
The property will offer an array of food and beverage, with dining options ranging from authentic street food to Michelin-starred dining, as well as concepts that will be brand new to the Las Vegas Strip.
Shopping will also be available on the resort, featuring a curated luxury retail collection to tie into the resort’s essence of luxury and modern sensibility.
Resorts World will offer 350,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and banquet space.
There will also be a world-class spa and fitness facility available. The resort will have a 222,000-square-foot pool complex, including a 1,800-square-foot infinity pool offering dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip.
Nightlight concept will also be available, featuring 65,000 square feet of nightlife and entertainment space.
About AEG Presents
AEG Presents is the live-entertainment division of the Los Angeles-based AEG. AEG Presents features various aspects of live contemporary music performances.
They operate in North America, Europe, and Asia, with 16 regional offices.
The company produces over 25 music festivals and hosts over 15,000 shows annually.