BACK TO SCHOOL: Back in May, the town noted the 50th anniversary release of “Viva Las Vegas" and the coverage answered a burning question I’ve always had. Was the “C’mon Everybody" sing-and-dance scene with Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley filmed at the University of Nevada (Southern Regional Division) gym? That's what the sign says.
The college became UNLV and that former gym is now an art museum. “Surprisingly, in a town that implodes and rebuilds itself periodically like the world’s biggest Lego set, several of the filming sites remain and some are relatively unchanged,” wrote F. Andrew Taylor for Las Vegas Review Journal:
What is now UNLV didn’t have its first commencement until 1964, but you can still walk the same floor that Elvis and Ann-Margret danced on. In the movie, Ann-Margret dances at the stage/gymnasium and a sign identifying the young school is prominent behind her. When Elvis arrives, there are shots from the stage of Ann-Margret and a bunch of young dancers dancing at half court. UNLV has a new gym, but the old building found new life as the Barrick Museum. You can stroll through the art across the old parquet basketball court. Center court is still there and features a depiction of the school’s original mascot, Beauregard, who looks like the Big Bad Wolf in a Confederate uniform.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.