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Riviera

  • Features

    A Second Life for the Riv

    By Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    On the 57th floor of the Riviera, a haze of smoke hangs in the air. Hotel room doors hang open, telephones and pillows are strewn amid broken glass. Somewhere in the distance, an alarm wails as a crew of firefighters in heavy gear stomp down the hallway to … lunch.

  • Found Material

    The Holy Trinity: Pia, Telly and the Riv

    The Riviera may have shuttered, but it lives on in film as one of Hollywood’s favorite backdrops. Among the classics that made the Riv a co-star: Casino, Showgirls, Ocean’s 11, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Diamonds Are Forever, Fake-Out …

  • The Week

    A Final Toast to the Riviera

    By Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    I arrive 10 minutes after the Riviera liquidation sale begins. Already, the line stretches past the hotel’s convention center, around a corner, up and down the loading dock, then twists back on itself. There are women pushing carts, men pushing dollies, parents pushing strollers—because a three-hour line ending in a roomful of kitchen supplies is what 2-year-olds really enjoy.

  • Latest

    Thousands Swarm Riviera for Liquidation Sale

    By Mike Grimala

    The Riviera’s liquidation sale drew a massive crowd on Thursday, as natives and tourists alike spent as long as four hours in line for an opportunity to scavenge the now-closed casino. Vegas Seven senior writer Mike Grimala was on the scene to capture the chaos inside the everything-must-go event.

  • Take a Piece of the Riv Home

    By Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    After a 60-year run on the Strip, the Riviera closed its doors forever May 4. But if you want to buy one of those doors—or any other tangible reminder of the Riv—the official liquidation sale begins May 14. It’s an everything-must-go deal, too—from chips to chandeliers to walk-in-coolers.

  • The Last Days of the Riviera

    By David G. Schwartz

    The curious endurance and final bow of the Strip’s first high-rise

  • The Deal

    How to Profit From Tax Day, VP Play and the Riv’s Closing

    By Anthony Curtis

    It’s tax time again, which always means deals when cashing your refund check at a casino. But whereas there have been multiple tax-day promotions in the past, fewer have materialized this year.

  • Ask a Native

    The Riviera Replaced by a Convention Center?

    By James P. Reza

    Just late last summer, the Riviera, preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year on April 20, announced plans for a long-overdue $100 million remodel.

  • Showstopper

    Returning Dirk Arthur Injects Big-Cat Antics Back Into the Strip

    By Steve Bornfeld

    More palatable than some magicians who perform with smirky self-satisfaction as if they’re otherworldly demigods (fill in the names yourself), Arthur’s a mellower wizard—a likable chap with whom to spend an evening (barely an hour, actually).

  • Ask a Native

    Is the Riviera Really Worth Remodeling?

    By James P. Reza

    You might expect a native to eagerly exclaim “Absolutely!” in response to the $100 million “face-lift” proposed for one of the last remaining classic-era Strip resorts. But I’m a Las Vegan, and I understand and respect that one of our city’s greatest strengths is its unwillingness to be anchored by nostalgia.

  • Latest

    Retro Video Games Get 1-Up at Gaming Expo

    By Mike Grimala

    The Riviera Convention Center was transformed into the Kingdom of Hyrule over the weekend, as legions of retro video game enthusiasts converged for the 2014 Classic Gaming Expo.

  • Music

    Riviera Goes on a Big Blues Bender

    By Sean DeFrank

    The Big Blues Bender, September 25-29 at the Riviera, will be headlined by B.B. King and George Thorogood, and will feature more than 20 other renowned acts such as Blind Boys of Alabama and Buckwheat Zydeco.

  • The Deal

    Frugal Gambling, a Monster Prime and Killer Happy Hours

    By Anthony Curtis

    Dollar blackjack is back—and on the Strip, no less. The Riviera is dealing blackjack with $1 minimums 24/7.

  • The Deal

    For the Riviera, 58 is Reason to Celebrate

    By Anthony Curtis

    Casino anniversaries usually aren’t a big deal. A casino might do something like free cake and Champagne as a marketing promo, but most just let the day come and go without so much as a press release. One of the reasons for the apathy is the relatively short time most resorts have been open. The Mirage made a bigger-than-usual deal of its 20th anniversary a few years back, but most of the other premier casinos, especially on the Strip, haven’t been around all that long.

  • Green Felt Journal

    The Strip in 2013: Recovery and Retrenchment

    By David G. Schwartz

    The New Year has its restorative elements—the celebrations, the resolutions, the fresh hopes. But, against the background of the Great Recession, it’s also another occasion to fret about what lies ahead for Las Vegas casinos.

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