Friday, June 8, 1956 | 5 a.m.
The new Silver Palace will be casting an even brighter glow at the First and Fremont location tonight for the grand opening of the ultra modern, million and a half dollar club.
Large crowds of Las Vegans, as well as visitors from all over the nation, including celebrities from the coast, are expected to be on hand to congratulate the owners of the club.
The Silver Palace, which is owned and operated by the Spinning Wheel Corp., offers an entirely new concept in casino and restaurant design for the Southern Nevada area and boasts many firsts for Las Vegas.
It is the first two level club in Las Vegas and the motor stairs, connecting the casino with the lower level restaurant, are the first in Southern Nevada.
One of the larger clubs in Las Vegas, with 16,700 square feet of floor space on the two levels, the casino is designed for 200 slot machines, three dice tables, five 21 tables, one roulette wheel and Keno.
Hailed as the sporting place for the royalty that is the American public, the Silver Palace features all the favorite games of chance set in an atmosphere of contemporary beauty.
The 70-foot, V-shaped theatre bar features top musical groups nightly and currently entertaining the lounge crowds are the Four Jockers, Dianne Lefti and Her Right Hand Men, and the Al De Pauliss Quartet.
Tommy Callahan, formerly connected with both the Frontier and Showboat, is general manager of the club and Sammy Hancock is assistant manager and casino boss. The club will employ approximately 300 people.
Over 1,000 feet of Neon tubes light the First Street side of the club and more than 3,000 light bulbs cast the Silver Palace sign in bright splendor along Fremont.
Designer Lee Linton incorporated the style of French contemporary artist Henri Matisse and the freedom of the west itself into comfortable splendor over the entire club.
A feeling of the vastness of the outdoors with myriad shining star effects is accomplished by the overhead lighting, indirect lighted wall panels and indoor gardens that feature palms reaching from the lower level to the casino ceiling, driftwood and plants of unusual and exotic splendor.