Vegas Myths Re-Shattered: The Restaurant Above the Landmark Hotel Revolves


Published on: September 22, 2023 at 08:04 pm.

Last updated on: 28 October 2023 at 07:52 h.

Editor’s note: “Vegas Myths Busted” posts new entries every Monday, with a bonus Flashback Friday release. Today’s post in our ongoing series was originally published on January 27, 2023.

Despite the fond memories shared by many past visitors and even some employees over the decades, the restaurant atop the Landmark Hotel has not rotated. It was as firm as the ground 400 feet below.

The dome on top of the Landmark Hotel contains both two very fixed restaurants and two fixed lounges. By the way, check the “L” sign on top of the dome. This will come into effect later. (Photo: Facebook/Landmark Hotel and Casino)

In fact, there was two Restaurants surrounding the dome of the Space Needle-like structure, the Sunset Room, and the Mandarin Room, as well as a lounge called Club 27, will make 360-degree table service a bit complicated for staff.

But this Las Vegas legend was widespread enough for a YouTube channel called Landmark Hotel & Casino to address it in 2021. The channel obtained the original blueprints for the tower. These photos show 32 steel supports connecting the two main floors of the dome, along the perimeter. They would have blocked a moving platform next to the windows, while the bathrooms would have prevented anyone else from returning.

Sunset room at Landmark Las Vegas
The Sunset Room atop the Landmark Hotel is shown with steel support beams that would hold up the rotating platform. (Photo: YouTube/Landmark Hotel and Casino)

The smaller dome above the main dome, also known as the 31st floor of the hotel, houses a second lounge and dance club called SkyBar. Here, it was the blocked stairs and elevator that made turning impossible.

But just to be sure, the YouTube channel obtained original marketing materials and found press reviews of all of Landmark’s restaurants and bars. As expected, no movement of any kind was mentioned.

There is no doubt that memories will combine between the distinctive restaurants and the top of the world at Strat, which rotates 360 degrees every 80 minutes. The Strat River opened as the Stratosphere in 1996, six years after the Landmark closed and a year after its collapse.

Since this was the shortest myth debunked in this series so far, here’s a bonus myth, also about the Landmark…

A man flew a plane to the teacher to kill his wife

Everett Wayne Shaw crash site
The site where the stolen plane crashed into the roof of the Las Vegas Convention Center (foreground), killing pilot Everett Wayne Shaw. The plane crossed the ‘L’ mark over the Landmark Hotel (background) and spun out of control. (Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau)

For the 1996 film “Martian Attacks”, director Tim Burton shot footage of the Landmark’s 1995 collapse to simulate its destruction in an attack by Martians. In real life, a previous attack on the famous Vegas Strip structure was planned, and he was just a few dozen feet away from being carried out.

At 9:25 pm on August 2, 1968, a small plane struck and damaged the “L” sign on top of the dome, then crashed into the Las Vegas Convention Center across the street. Only pilot Everett Wayne Shaw, 39, died in the crash. According to a note found in his apartment, it was a suicide, not an accident.

Shaw, an aircraft mechanic who worked at Gunn Airport in Nevada, was distressed by the failure of his month-long marriage. So he steals a Cessna 180 owned by Alan Little, a dealer at the Frontier Hotel, for his fateful mission.

Eyewitnesses reported that the plane rolled back up at the last minute. This strongly suggests that Shaw intended to smash it with the Landmark Dome but changed his mind and accidentally clipped the sign. The move sent him into a death spiral on the roof of the convention center.

In the end, that He was accident.

According to the way several people have told this story, Shaw chose the Landmark Dome because his wife planned to have dinner at a restaurant there that evening, perhaps with one of her mistresses, and he intended to take her out with him.

But this part of the story was not possible. The landmark did not open to the public until almost a year later, on July 1, 1969.

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