El Cortez Hotel & Casino Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Celebrations with Wine Walk and Viewing of “Bugsy”

El Cortez Hotel & Casino Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Celebrations
with Wine Walk and Viewing of “Bugsy”
Festivities will take place at the Jackie Gaughan Parkway

El Cortez Hotel & Casino will begin its 70th anniversary celebrations with a wine walk and special viewing of the film “Bugsy” on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

Admission to the wine walk is $20 per person, and the event will feature a large selection of wines from California, Oregon, Washington State and Europe. Featured wineries will include Constellation featuring Clos Du Bois and Woodbridge, Bronco Wine Co., Trinchero featuring Menage A Trois, Chateau St. Michelle, Moet Hennessy USA, Francis Coppola Winery, Ferrari Carano and Pernod Ricard featuring Jacobs Creek, Mumm Napa, Graffigna and Brancott. Additionally, Lulu’s On The Move food truck will be on The Jackie Gaughan Parkway to offer guests a delicious selection of dining options.

“Bugsy,” starring Warren Beatty and directed by Barry Levinson, is the story of notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel’s rise and fall in Las Vegas. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film will begin promptly at 9 p.m.

Siegel once owned the El Cortez in the 1940s before selling the property to J.K. Houssels. Downtown Las Vegas pioneer Jackie Gaughan then bought the property from Houssels in 1963, and he owned the legendary hotel-casino until 2008.

About El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011, El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District. With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including four uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines. El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with Michael Gaughan’s South Point Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008 and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011. Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez and The Flame Steakhouse, a vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals. The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop. For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit

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