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The 31 Days of HOMO-ween – Day 3: Have Dinner With Liberace’s Ghost At Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens!



Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens is an Italian restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada who was designed and owned by non-other than Liberace. The restaurant is located adjacent to the (now closed) Liberace Museum that he opened in 1979, just 8 years before his death due to complications related to AIDS

The Ghost of who else but Liberace is said to haunt the Tivoli Gardens. His image can sometimes be seen peaking into the banquet room in the back of the restaurant from outside through the windows. There have been continued sightings of moving shadows, sudden electrical surges and flying wine bottles. Doors in the ladies toilets continually lock and unlock themselves. (You’d think he’s be in the Men’s Room)

There is a story that a one night all of the power in the restaurant suddenly turned off, but the power in the businesses nearby were all still working. When one of the waitresses remembered that it was Liberace’s birthday and the employees sang happy birthday to him, the power was restored.

One night someone said something about Liberace’s sexual orientation  and a large tree in a planet near the bar fell over. It took five men to get the tree righted.  Still in the closet it seems.

So next time you re Vegas head on over to Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens and have dinner with Lee.  Just watch what you say about him or a flying candelabra might be headed your way.

She may be dead but she still knows how to put on a show!




Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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