Documentary About Kaos Saga Nears Completion

One of the wildest Las Vegas stories in recent years was the rise and fall of Kaos, a nightclub and dayclub at Palms.

A new documentary about all the drama surrounding Kaos is nearing completion.

If there’s such a thing as a beautiful trainwreck, Kaos would be that.

We aren’t at liberty to share further details about the documentary, but suffice to say: Gird. Your. Loins.

Fyre Festival and “Woodstock 99” have got nothing on the story of Kaos.

While we can’t give details of the documentary just yet, we can provide a quick recap of the chaos that was Kaos, to this day one of the most colorful and bizarre stories in the history of Las Vegas nightlife.

Kaos had its “much-anticipated” opening at Palms in April 2019.

At the time, Palms was owned by Station Casinos, it has since been sold to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Palms reopened after being closed two years on April 27, 2022.

Kaos opened at the previous iteration of Palms with the requisite hoopla following a $680 million overhaul of the off-Strip resort. Coinciding with the extraordinarily expensive renovation was a record amount of head-scratching, but everyone at Palms and Station Casinos were excited, so most people just played along.

Fun fact: We broke the news Kaos would be called Kaos. Everything else wasn’t our fault.

The opening weekend of Kaos featured celebrity guests and high-profile DJs.

Palms officials touted the “incredible and diverse” line-up of talent planned for Kaos, and ponied up eye-popping deals with some of the biggest DJs in the world.

For example, Marshmello’s contract was for $60 million. Just one DJ.

Red flags were everywhere, almost immediately, and ultimately Palms pulled the plug permanently on Kaos in Nov. 2019, after fewer than eight months of operation. Here’s more about the sudden, although not entirely surprising, closure.

We probably should’ve put “permanently” in quotation marks, as the Kaos brand is back at Palms under its new ownership as an event space, but not as a dayclub or nightclub. The new owners of Palms seem committed to not forgetting, or repeating, history. Here’s a look at Kaos now.

 

The dumpster fire that was Kaos had lots of twists and turns, many of them shared first by this very blog, and the new documentary delves into all the glorious drama surrounding this epic miscalculation.

It’s believed the financial losses associated with Kaos contributed to the decision by Station Casinos (and its parent company Red Rock Resorts) to sell Palms while it was closed during the pandemic.

The tribe essentially purchased Palms for about what it cost Station Casinos to renovate it. San Manuel bought Palms for $650 million.

The Kaos documentary is in the final stages of editing and legal review, and will air soon, so stay tuned for more information.

Full disclosure: We take part in the documentary, so please refer back to the loin-girding recommendation. This is going to be fun. Awkward and fun, but fun.