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The Riviera Goes Out With a Blast!

The Riviera Hotel and Casino, the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City’s mobster past, officially exited the scene last night with a cinematic implosion, complete with fireworks. “The Riv” closed in May 2015 after 60 years on the northern end of the Strip. The shuttered casino’s owners, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, spent $42 million to level the 13-building campus. The tourism agency bought the 2,075-room property across 26 acres last year for $191 million with plans to expand its Las Vegas Convention Center. Three of the most famous movies ever filmed in Las Vegas used the Riviera as a backdrop, including the Rat Pack’s original 1960 “Ocean’s 11,” the 1971 James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Casino,” the 1995 movie starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. To read more about the Riviera at The Daily Beast, click here. To watch a video of the implosion, click here.

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