Riviera Hotel and Casino demolished in Las Vegas

by Noah Taylor Last Updated
Riviera Hotel and Casino demolished in Las Vegas

One of the most famous casinos on the Las Vegas Strip lost its last tower during an overnight implosion earlier this week.  The iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino was reduced to rubble two months after the taller Monaco tower was levelled the same way.

Unlike the previous implosion in June, there was no designated viewing area when the 2:30 a.m. demolition went off.  A small crowd gathered on Las Vegas Boulevard to witness the implosion, many of them snapping photos before blasts caused the building to collapse into a pile of rubble.

The 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace to Dean Martin.  Once known as a classic mob joint, “The Riv” was used in three of the most famous movies ever filmed in Las Vegas, including “Ocean’s 11,” the 1971 James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” and 1995’s “Casino.”   It most recently featured in the latest “Jason Bourne” film.

There were more than a few locals who were sad to see it go as the building had much different architecture to anywhere else on the Strip.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority now owns the property and plans to use it for an expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The tourism agency bought the entire 26 acres last year for $182.5 million, plus $US8.5 million in related transaction costs. The expansion is expected to be completed in January.

WATCH: The Riviera Casino implosion

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