The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Deemed the Home of the Greatest Entertainers in the World, the theatre hosts numerous concert residencies by Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, Shania Twain, and Mariah Carey. Celine Dion has had the longest residency (1,110 shows as of June 2, 2018) at the venue grossing a total of $650 million since her arrival in 2003. She also performed her record-breaking 1000th show at the venue on October 8, 2016. The venue has an estimated seating capacity of 4,296 and is inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome along with aspects of contemporary architecture. The cost of the theatre totaled $108 million, becoming the most expensive entertainment venue in Las Vegas, beating the “O” Theatre at the Bellagio Las Vegas.
In 2000, Caesars Palace made plans to renovate the defunct Circus Maximus Showroom (opened 1966). During this time, the owners were approached about a new business venture with Celine Dion. Once the venture was launched, the renovation was canceled. A new entertainment venue was set to be built in place of the old showroom. The showroom closed in September 2000 with a performance by Steve and Eydie. The theatre was built specially to house Celine Dion’s “A New Day…”. The construction was initiated by Park Place Management to coincide with other renovations to the hotel complex including additional retail space, meeting areas, restaurants, spas, and a 20-story all-suites hotel tower. The original construction cost was estimated to be between $65 to $75 million. Additional technical aspects drove the cost to over $100 million.
The theatre was designed by the world-renowned firm Scéno Plus and constructed by Perini Building Company, with the project beginning on December 2002 and completed on February 4, 2003 (six weeks before its estimated completion date), opening on March 25, 2003. Dion filmed a television special for CBS to showcase the first night of her residency (entitled “Celine in Las Vegas, Opening Night Live”, hosted by Justin Timberlake), including behind the scenes look at the theatre and the show.
Since its incarnation, the venue is operated by AEG Live and is currently owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The success of Dion’s show drew more entertainers to perform at the theatre. Elton John brought his Red Piano show to the theatre from 2004, until 2009. Additional entertainers include Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross, Romina Arena, Faith Hill, Ricky Martin, and Luis Miguel. The venue has also hosted numerous comedy shows by Kathy Griffin, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Dave Chappelle, and Ellen DeGeneres. The premiere of the 11th season of Hell’s Kitchen was filmed in front of a live audience at The Colosseum.
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