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December 22, 2008
The Luxor, which has defied the pyramid curse for years, recently threw out most of its Egyptian-theme interior. Can it continue to keep the yelping dog demons of Anubis at bay while displaying relics from a Ghost Ship? Poker players may love that kind of high-stakes gamble, but mom and pop fans of the movie may feel just a little nervous….
The exhibit, famous for its 15-ton “Big Piece” (a hunk of the hull), has toured the country for years. Its decision to drop anchor at the Luxor is financial. Hauling the Big Piece around is expensive, and the company’s stock has plummeted like, well, the Titanic this past year. It got so bad that the majority stockholder wanted to “monetize” (sell) the entire collection to boost the share price, but a judge has forbidden that.
We know that other Titanic attractions have flirted with plans for a berth in Vegas, so it’s probably not a bad idea. And maybe the Luxor is the only place tough enough to take on a troubled Titanic exhibit for ten years. It has beaten the odds — thus far. But if a giant meteor destroys the pyramid at any time between now and 2018, a lot of people will be saying I told you so.
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