Souvenir Sunday – Elvis at Memphis Int’l Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday, the day we take a look at unusual and inexpensive items you can buy at airports.

This week’s souvenirs come from Memphis International Airport, where Ron Rundus – the Stuck at the Airport webmaster – discovered the Elvis shop, where it’s Elvis, Elvis, Elvis all the time – and where “Elvis” often performs at the airport’s Sun Studio Café.

Do you spend time shopping when you’re stuck at the airport? If you find something fun, inexpensive and “of” the city or region, please take a photo and send it along.

If your souvenirs are featured on StuckatTheAirport.com, I’ll send you a special airport-related souvenir.

Record-breaking video screen at McCarran International Airport

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In preparation for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in Las Vegas January 6-9, McCarran International Airport partnered up with Samsung Electronics America to install a giant 100-screen video wall in the airport’s D Concourse. There are also smaller, 10-screen displays on the A, B and C Concourses.


Until something bigger comes along, the 33-foot-by-19-foot screen may be the largest-known video wall in a U.S. airport. Big enough, airport officials hope, to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

While we wait to find out, the airport will work on figuring out what to do with this giant screen. In addition to running ads (of course) airport spokesperson Candice Seeley says “The airport is considering the idea of hosting video game challenges on the wall as an added amenity for passengers who want to pass time playing their favorite Nintendo Wii or Sony PlayStation games.”

Or maybe they could show videos of all those old Elvis movies.

McCarron Airport Elvis and show girls

Memphis Symphony Orchestra at Memphis International Airport

After a six year “intermission,” classical music concerts by woodwind and string quartets from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra are coming back to Memphis International Airport (MEM).

Performances begin this Friday, August 29th and will return just about every month through next May.

The Friday “mini concerts” will take place from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the passenger connector near the Blue Note Café and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the southeast corner of concourse B.

Concert dates announced so far are: August 29, September 26, October 10, November 14 and, in 2009, January 2, February 27, March 20, and May 1.

No word yet when Elvis is coming back to the airport. Or to this planet. But thankfully, there’s an entire store devoted to Elvis music and memorabilia at the airport.