Circus Circus Film and Media


  • The hotel’s famous midway was featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.
  • In his journalistic novel of the early ’70s, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson wrote. When the Thompson work was adapted to film in 1998, the fictional “Bazooko Circus” was a thinly-veiled stand-in for the world-famed resort, which had refused permission for the filmmakers to shoot on their property.
  • The Adventuredome Theme Park and the Canyon Blaster roller coaster were featured in the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses. The theme park was known as Joyworld in the movie.
  • In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin and Vanessa sneak into the Circus Circus.
  • In the 1992 movie Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, the over sized child Adam is shown laughing and smiling at the Lucky the Clown pylon.
  • The Midway was featured in the 1978 film Corvette Summer, when Mark Hamill was being lured into a scam by a “salesman”.
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  • In the TV series Vega$, private detective Dan Tanna (Robert Urich) lived in a converted warehouse next to Circus Circus, and was often shown driving past the resort in his classic Ford Thunderbird.
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak (Season 3 Episode “Rollercoaster“) – A train “goes through” Criss’ body while he stands on the track after the corkscrews and Criss ends up in the front seat.

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  • In his journalistic novel of the early ’70s, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, “The Circus-Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war. This is the sixth Reich. The ground floor is full of gambling tables, like all the other casinos . . . but the place is about four stories high, in the style of a circus tent, and all manner of strange County-Fair/Polish Carnival madness is going on up in this space.”

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Video games

  • In the game Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas, Circus Circus is featured as The Clown’s Pocket and the Adventuredome can be seen under construction as the game takes place in 1992, the real year construction took place.

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