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Stars’ Salaries Cited in Closure of Harrah’s Reno Showroom

July 7, 1990

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Harrah’s Headliner Room, one of the last bastions of big-name entertainment in Reno, will become a cabaret-lounge next year, featuring a nightly revue.

Ronald S. Jeffrey, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Reno, announce the change Friday, saying the planned conversion of the 24- year-old showroom into an ″intimate nightclub″ in December was a response to a changing entertainment scene.

The increasing cost of paying for top-name entertainers and the difficulty of finding those who will perform two shows nightly influenced the decision, Jeffrey said.

The Headliner Room opened with Eddie Fisher as its top act in 1966 and featured such stars as Sammy Davis Jr., Danny Thomas, Patti Page and Bill Cosby during its heyday.

After its conversion, the room will stay roughly the same size, seating 400 to 450 people.

The loss of the Headliner Room will leave the Reno area with only three stages designed for top-name acts - Bally’s, the Sparks Nugget and The Flamingo Hilton.

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