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Final Riviera Casino Tower Due for Strip Implosion Tuesday

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The last tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino is about to be reduced to rubble during an overnight implosion on the Las Vegas Strip.

The planned 2 a.m. Tuesday demolition of the Monte Carlo wing comes two months after the taller Monaco tower was leveled the same way.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority now owns the property, on which it plans a Las Vegas Convention Center expansion.

The 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace to Dean Martin.

It was a backdrop for movies including the Rat Pack original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960; the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever;” and “Casino” in 1995.

It’s also a setting for scenes in the latest “Jason Bourne” film.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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