With its glittering lights and famous landmarks, Las Vegas continues to be the back drop for a multitude of movies and prime time TV shows. From big budget blockbusters, to small independent movies and reality TV shows, Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations on film. Nevada has its own Film Office Division that assists film makers with finding the perfect location. According to the Nevada Film Office, Nevada is an attractive filming destination with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Approximately 1,000 film permits are issued annually in Clark County, which contains the neon metropolis of the Las Vegas Strip.
In the early days of Las Vegas films, Roy Rogers starred in the 1946 movie Heldorado. Then there was the King, Elvis Presley, with Ann Margret and an amazing cast in 1963’s Viva Las Vegas.
Below are more film projects that feature the state’s iconic landmarks and skylines.
- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was featured in the 1997 action thriller “Con Air” where the fugitive plane crashes through the hotel’s prominent Fender Stratocaster guitar.
- Several television shows have featured The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino including Entourage, where the property was featured in the 3rd season episode “Vegas Baby, Vegas!” The property also appears in the season one episode “The Strip” of Fox’s O.C, as well as in an episode of the mega-hit show “This is Us” on NBC and MTV’s Bam’s Unholy Union.
- Speaking of MTV, Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas is where the cast of the 25th season of The Real World resided and where “The Real World: Las Vegas” was filmed. The premier on March 9, 2011 drew 1.7 million viewers to clinch the most viewers for its time slot. Guests can still party like a reality star in the 4,950 square-foot Penthouse Real World Suite where the cast lived and shared their Sin City experiences.
- In 1992 the comedy science fiction film “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” film starring Rick Moranis finds his son “Adam”, who has blown up to over 112 feet high, playing the giant lit guitar in front of the Hard Rock Café.
- The Hard Rock Hotel entrance and select interior shots were featured in the 2008 film “21” which tells the story of six MIT students who train to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.
- Beyond television and film projects, the 2004 video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” parodied Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in the game and called it the V-Rock Hotel. The Nevada Film Office has been gearing up to attract more video gaming development to the state, as today’s gamers may be the next generation of visitors to Las Vegas.
Whether you’re staying for your own Bachelor “Hangover” vacation or enjoy dancing on the sight-seeing open air double decker busses like Austin Powers, chances are, there will be film crews in Las Vegas and you might even have a chance to be an extra. After all, anything can happen in Vegas and it usually does.