#FarewellRiv — Part 2: Historic Riviera Hotel and Casino’s final implosion


The last tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino came tumbling down early Tuesday morning.  The implosion of the Monte Carlo tower took place at 2:30 a.m.

The historic Riviera Hotel and Casino was torn down to make room for the new convention center expansion which is owned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.  The 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace to Dean Martin.

Due to the dust, local businesses and residents in the area were told to either leave the area or stay indoors during and 30 minutes after the implosion. This is similar to what occurred during the implosion of the taller Monaco tower in June.

During its time on the Strip, the Riviera was a backdrop for movies including the Rat Pack’s original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960; the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever;” and “Casino” in 1995.

In 2015, it was a setting for scenes in the latest “Jason Bourne” film.

There wasn’t a formal planned event or fireworks for this implosion, but the public was still allowed to watch the tower come down.

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