Elvis Presley’s Graceland gets a new $45 million makeover by his wife, Priscilla Presley.
Despite decades after his death, the King of Rock n’ Roll’s legacy remains alive and well with the opening of an entertainment attraction at his estate in Memphis Tennessee on Thursday. According to the Beaumont Enterprise, over 200 people were at the launch of the entertainment complex by the late singer’s wife, Priscilla. The 71-year-old business magnate was on hand to cut a ribbon and allow fans into the sprawling compound which she says connects fans even more with the late legend.
“You’re getting the full gamut of who Elvis Presley was. You’re getting to see and participate a bit in his life and what he enjoyed and what he loved to collect.”
Elvis Presley’s Graceland new addition by Priscilla Presley bears a resemblance to an expansive mall and sits adjacent from the legend’s home that was converted to a museum. The complex includes an array of cars that the king drove, the gold-colored guitars he played, the white-purple jumpsuits he wore on stage, as well as two restaurants, a theater, soundstage and retail stores.
The cars that Elvis Presley drove included a pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood, which he eventually gave to his mother, and a sleek black 1973 Stutz Blackhawk he coincidentally drove the day he passed.
There is the Gladys’ Diner named after Presley’s mother. The eatery which has a feel of the 1950’s is replete with pictures of the legendary singer and dotted with aqua-colored chairs and tables where people can purchase and eat ice cream, burgers, and hot dogs. In addition, there is a barbecue joint called Vernon’s Smokehouse which is named after Elvis’ father. An exhibition featuring rock and roll pioneer Sam Philips is presently in the works at the compound.