After 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera Hotel and Casino closed it doors on May 4, 2015. The Hotel opened on April 20, 1955 and was once a star of the Las Vegas Strip.
The resort had played host to many noted entertainers over the years including Liberace and Frank Sinatra. The long-running stage show "Splash" introduced water, fountains and pyrotechnics to a Las Vegas stage starting in 1985. And for 20 years "The Riv" had been the home to the topless show "Crazy Girls."
The Riviera's façade pulsated with neon in a classic example of an artform that is losing ground to digital screens.
Scenes from four of the ultimate Vegas movies -- the Rat Pack original "Ocean's 11" (1960), Martin Scorsese's "Casino" (1995), the X-rated cult classic "Showgirls" (1995) and one of Chevy Chase's Griswold family adventures "Vegas Vacation" (1997) -- were shot here.
An implosion date has not yet been set for the venerable resort, but check back and we'll let you know when it is announced. It is expected to happen before the end of the year.