Riviera’s Casino Just Got a New Sunroof

Our obsession with the dismantling of the Riviera casino continues as the Las Vegas relic counts down its final days.

Riviera demolition

And they say Las Vegas casinos don’t have natural light.

Demolition crews have recently begun work on the Riviera’s casino, following the implosion of a hotel tower (another will be imploded in August) and the flattening of a number of low-rise structures at the site.

Riviera Las Vegas

Las Vegas needs more convention space like it needs a hole in the, well, ground.

Here’s a fly-over of the Riv’s casino, providing a rare look at the disintegration of a Las Vegas icon.

The Riviera is being demolished to make way for an expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center, or a stadium, depending upon the whims of some powerful players in Sin City.

Riviera

A good portion of Riviera’s Monte Carlo tower is wrapped in plastic as asbestos is removed from the building’s exterior prior to its implosion.

The moment of truth is near, as crews approach the most recognizable part of the Riviera’s facade.

The neon-filled facade is hollow inside, but its demolition is expected to take some time as all the mirrors on its exterior must be removed before the section comes down.

Riviera mirrors

We’re confident the mirrors are being removed intact, as that would be a metric hell-ton of bad luck.

The Riviera has a long and colorful history, and is greatly beloved by legions of Las Vegas visitors who rarely, if ever, went to the place.

Still, the Riv is a symbol of a time in Vegas when the mob ran the joint and some of the biggest entertainers in the world rubbed elbows with ordinary schmoes.

Riviera

And now the end is near and so we face the final hydraulic excavator. We’re paraphrasing.

If you’ve always wanted a selfie with the Riviera, time’s running out. Not only that, you should probably re-examine your priorities in life. It’s a casino, not a Beyonce.

Riviera Demolition Update: June 24, 2016

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  • DSchwartz99lv

    Wow, they are hard at work on the Riv. I’ve been trying to get there usually once a week. Do you know if the wrap is going down with the Monte Carlo tower in August, or will they remove it before, once the asbestos is gone?

    • Haven’t heard. Keeping the plastic on will help contain the asbestos cloud, so it might be a smart idea.

      • DSchwartz99lv

        Of course. And if they spent a lot of money on that wrap, they would probably want to keep it on through the implosion. Do you think they may remove the Riviera signs from the Monte Carlo tower?

  • Troy Swezey

    ” It’s a casino, not a Beyonce.” A what?

    • That is factually correct. It is not a Beyonce.

  • Chris Miachaels

    I was in Vegas when this happened. I am old enough to remember the good old days. In most places, old buildings are considered landmarks. In Vegas, these old buildings are considered money liabilities. I remember walking into a casino run by the mob and at least walking out with something for my money. Today, all you get for your money in return is a boot out the door. So sad. I used a Vegas Concierge Service to plan my trip. Alex at vegasguyvip.com knew where all the casinos are that still give you something for your money. When I was a kid, I saw Elvis at the Riviera. I feel like a piece of my memories went with the casino. So sad…