LAS VEGAS (AP) — The last tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino has been reduced to a pile of rubble after an overnight implosion on the Las Vegas Strip.
The demolition early Tuesday of the Monte Carlo wing came two months after the taller Monaco tower was leveled the same way.
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 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace (lih-bur-AH’-chee) 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.
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