What Caused the Infamous Riviera to Close after 60 years?

  • Published on Sep 15, 2018
  • What Caused the Infamous Riviera to Shut Down after 60 Years?
    Hey everyone, how's it going? In today's video, we are going to be diving into what caused the infamous Riviera Hotel and Casino located in Las Vegas to close down. The Riviera was open from 1955 all the way to 2015. During the Casino's 60 year run, the Riv would be home to World Class Performances from Celebrities like Frank Sinatra, and Liberace. The Riviera would also be home to many controversies due to murders associated with the resort.
    During the Riviera Hotel and Casino's 60 years, the now Abandoned Casino would transform the Las Vegas Strip. Before the construction of the Riviera Hotel, many casinos were built like Roadside Motor Courts. The Riviera Casino would be the first Casino to be built as a High Rise Resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The Riv was also responsible for the shift in Las Vegas Casino's focusing their marketing on the Middle Class instead of High Rollers. Without the Riv's innovation, the Las Vegas Strip would not be what it is today.
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Comments • 661

  • Larry Bundy Jr
    Larry Bundy Jr Year ago +196

    That's quite sad, a legendary casino turned into a parking lot. :(

    • The Mercury 13
      The Mercury 13 24 days ago

      After WW2, rest of Europe rebuilt their bombed historic buildings in same style; Gothic, Baroque etc - while UK went 'modernist' & we got ugly but cheap concrete boxes. Which decayed & had to be replaced within decades, with more boxes, as now no-one has the skills or £$ to make attractive buildings. Yay.

    • The Mercury 13
      The Mercury 13 24 days ago

      'very American to knock something down & build new. In Europe we like to keep everything for history' - Don't know about 'Europe' but UK is exactly same, sadly. Many old cities had beautiful older buildings, 'developers' smashed them to make £, & still are. Our Council even concreted over the remains of a Medieval castle! It's what happens when idiots rule, those who love lining their own pockets above all.

    • Ging Ging
      Ging Ging 2 months ago

      I heard there building a new hotel here in Las Vegas Called resort world and I saw it on my field trip

    • RoyalAl
      RoyalAl 7 months ago


  • Bobby Vegas
    Bobby Vegas 3 days ago

    Also love how he shows cars and slots that of course were not around in 1955.

  • Bobby Vegas
    Bobby Vegas 3 days ago

    Barbra Strieisin??? STRIESIN???This announcer is a fucking idiot!


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  • John Wascavage
    John Wascavage 10 days ago

    Whatever happened to the Landmark hotel and casino? I always wanted to go see it, but it was gone and then there was the convention center and the Stratosphere.

  • Thumper17
    Thumper17 23 days ago

    Was that a getty images watermark on a picture of a corpse? Geeze, thats skeevy.

  • well being
    well being 24 days ago

    Built on death & dies in the end!.

  • The Mercury 13
    The Mercury 13 24 days ago

    Wow, so much history! I know 'Vegas is all about business grinding on, no time for 'sentiment' yet surely there's cash in keeping places with so much past; people want to visit? But when it's gone it's gone, Real shame.

  • Bella Puppy
    Bella Puppy Month ago

    I used to go to Vegas a few times a year and would stay in the riviera because it was centrally located on the strip. Sad it is gone.

  • pault1964
    pault1964 2 months ago

    They say Las Vegas was more honest when the mob was running it now corporations

  • Tom Yazel
    Tom Yazel 2 months ago

    because at the end it was on the North end of the strip that had a criminal shit hole feel to it...not safe to be there.

  • John Gavin
    John Gavin 2 months ago

    Historic property. I remember walking thru and you knew it was left the way it used to be in Las Vegas. The photos of the celebrities were priceless.

  • golfmaniac007
    golfmaniac007 2 months ago

    Mirage Resorts is already 30 years old. half the age of Riviera when it came down.

  • Steve Dugan
    Steve Dugan 2 months ago

    A video about the rise and fall of the Las Vegas Club would be interesting. A new hotel casino Circa is being built on that land now

  • Edward Camara
    Edward Camara 2 months ago

    My ears could not keep up with the speed of your voice over. Why no motion? The is a VIDEO channel! GReat subject matter, but awful delivery.

  • John Lupo
    John Lupo 2 months ago

    Anyway NOT Anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Lupo
    John Lupo 2 months ago

    how's it going?? Crappy

  • Cal Commercial Insurance

    I saw one of the craziest things at the Riviera craps table. A guy threw 4 yo's in a row (that's an 11 to the non-crap players, which is very difficult to throw)! Tired of rolling 11's, the guy through a red chip on the 11 and yelled out "this will end it!". Nope. The next role was another yo. 5 in a row! What are the odds of that. Sad to see the Riviera go bye-bye - a true Las Vegas legend.

  • Peter Boyles
    Peter Boyles 2 months ago

    I got to go to the Riviera a few times when I first moved to Vegas and then all of a sudden it was announced it was sold to the convention center. When I was there I could feel 'old vegas' sill in the building. I miss this place.

  • Tooltyme Allen
    Tooltyme Allen 2 months ago

    How about the Ontario motor speedway
    It was the very first ever sporting event with luxury suites
    It was such a success the crumbled the track and build a new one diagonally across from the old one
    It was a Hollywood shuck and jive

  • Extra Life Blog
    Extra Life Blog 2 months ago

    Basically the Riviera was a turd....

  • Emanuel Rivera
    Emanuel Rivera 2 months ago

    Wonder what happened to all the ghosts there

  • Andrew Evans
    Andrew Evans 2 months ago

    What kept this thing going after the mob. It was one bankruptcy after another

  • Zed Chuva
    Zed Chuva 3 months ago

    I stayed at the Riviera from April 20th until it's closing on May 4th, 2015. I booked my trip the day I found out it was closing. It was the only original place I hadn't stayed at (that's still around, or, was anyway), and got a GREAT deal. Stayed in room 333, in the original building.
    Just found your channel recently, and love the vids.

  • Joe Ford
    Joe Ford 3 months ago

    Jews and flamers

  • Daniel Hongxianyong
    Daniel Hongxianyong 3 months ago

    I stayed in Riviera back in feb 2001 when i was touring vegas, my memories of the place then it was a bit run down but clean,the buffet was great.nv watch the shows then. Thanks for the interesting info

  • Hugh G. Rekshin
    Hugh G. Rekshin 3 months ago

    All of those controlled explosions remind me of the Twin Towers. They had a good crew that loaded that one too.

  • Leslie Olson
    Leslie Olson 3 months ago

    It had become an eyesore. It was time for the Riv to go.

  • Jeffrey J
    Jeffrey J 3 months ago

    Got married there in 2007. Sniff.

  • jdubbjazzbass
    jdubbjazzbass 3 months ago

    I lived in Las Vegas for 6 years,and while there, I researched the history of it,when the (mob)in the 80s began losing control of it because of serious (internal conflict) that was going on within it,that's when Vegas started losing its luster and excitement,and then those corporate business bastards started taking over and that's the main reason las Vegas has turned into the shithole it is today.believe or not,the place had a lot more class and luster and excitement when the mob ran it!! now it's fucked up!! it's a (sanctuary city) overrun with illegals,homeless people,corrupt elected officials,crooked cops,not mention all the mentally ill people wandering the streets,and a host of other crapped ass shit too much to list here.everything there is setup and designed to rip you off,regardless of whether you are local resident or a tourist. I got the fuck outta there, and never going back period!! las Vegas is a complete shithole!!!!

  • Cactus Rider
    Cactus Rider 3 months ago

    Going under only because of the skim makes no sense as that occurred at all the organization owned casinos. Bit of an oddity there's less traffic in the area yet the need for a huge parking lot?

  • Paul Rivera
    Paul Rivera 3 months ago

    I think they should create a hotel/casino called the Rat Pack

  • Paul Rivera
    Paul Rivera 3 months ago

    I would like to see - what took the place of what in the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont street from the beginning.

  • Branon Fontaine
    Branon Fontaine 3 months ago +12

    How nice and empty Vegas was @1:19, no houses, no people, no punks, no illegals....damn it must've been sweet to live there during that era....

      THESATURNSSC1 3 months ago

      especially, if you owned real estate 55 or so years ago! Make a fortune selling it

  • Prairie Bilton
    Prairie Bilton 3 months ago

    10:20 lmfao typical Las Vegas

  • Blaze Rocker
    Blaze Rocker 3 months ago

    I stayed there once in 1991. When I returned to Vegas again in 96' I could subconsciously tell that the Riviera was old compared to resorts going up on the other end of the strip and that times were changing. I'm honestly surprised the Riviera lasted as long as it did. - Thanks for the video. I had no idea it was gone.

  • don brassco
    don brassco 3 months ago +1

    Micheal Corleone😨😉😄

  • Jian Franco
    Jian Franco 3 months ago

    Audio & delivery is shrilling !

  • Princess J of the I.E.
    Princess J of the I.E. 3 months ago

    How about doing a video on the large German food restaurant that was in Vegas (Alpine ?)? Thank you.

  • tkell31
    tkell31 3 months ago

    Sad to see the history of Vegas slowly get tossed aside, but with plenty of places satisfying the niche the Riveria tried to carve out only with better locations I understood why it closed. Too bad, had a fun bar with cheap drinks if you didn't feel like gambling, cheap rooms and plenty of table games.

    • American Nyan
      American Nyan 3 months ago

      eh this is what vegas is cursed to be, since the land is so expensive historic landmarks are not profitable. and thus las vegas is distended to have strings of demolitions of old casinos once they become too obsolete. to make way for modern ones. the famous casinos we see today? they are rubble in a few more decades. to be replaced eventually.

  • Heene
    Heene 3 months ago

    I sat through all of that, an interesing story, but please speak a little slower. Why the rush?

  • jp man
    jp man 3 months ago +1

    Hi, I like the quality of the work you have done here, along with your other videos but I suggest to slow down when you are narrating. I feel like you are always rushing as if someone is pointing a gun in your head. The volume is fine, however.

  • Omari Thomas
    Omari Thomas 3 months ago


  • Jon MacDonald
    Jon MacDonald 3 months ago +1

    It was Tore back stagnant and had Old man stink that's why!

  • lumpia84
    lumpia84 3 months ago

    Can you do the Aladdin?

  • Chris Schneider
    Chris Schneider 3 months ago +1

    The expansion to the Las Vegas convention center is being built now.

    • Jon MacDonald
      Jon MacDonald 3 months ago

      Chris Schneider Fuck yeah that's so so Gangster 🗿🚬

  • Mel 19
    Mel 19 3 months ago

    Wow thank you for this video I tried to find out why this hotel closed i actually stayed here just a couple of months before it was demolished. I love the history good or bad. Is the hotel in Miami the same Riviera Hotel ?

  • Reed Campbell
    Reed Campbell 3 months ago

    So glad the....parking lot turned out well. Wish they could have made it work as a hotel casino

  • Marge Pellew
    Marge Pellew 3 months ago

    The castle on the hill in dansville, ny it was a sanatorium and there are rumors it’s haunted

  • Micheal Adams
    Micheal Adams 3 months ago +4

    I hated to see the Rivera close! I had a lot of fun gaming there! And it was an attractive looking casino as well especially the front/strip side of it! Damn!

    • Jon MacDonald
      Jon MacDonald 3 months ago

      Micheal Adams Gaming! lol is that what they are calling banging hookers and sniffing Cocaine these days!

  • brianm lee
    brianm lee 3 months ago

    You say it “infamous” was I known for something bad?

  • Uncle Ed
    Uncle Ed 3 months ago

    I got 86 from the Riv

  • John LaFever
    John LaFever 3 months ago

    They are building the largest convention center building to date. Encompassing the entire parking lot that was where Howard Hughes Landmark casino once stood until its implosion which can be viewed in Mars Attacks, all the way to where the Riviera stood on the strip, backing up to the white elephant “The Drew” Las Vegas (formerly known as Fontainebleau Las Vegas) now slated to be opened in 2022. Built on the site of the original “El Rancho” and later the “Algiers”

  • dilip patel
    dilip patel 3 months ago

    talking way too fast slow down

  • bob wallace
    bob wallace 3 months ago

    Near the show entrance was a small video poker bar that you could drink for free while playing the bar top poker. No matter where I stayed, I would always come here. The Crazy Girls between shows would sit there and I was always the only guy.

  • Duck Berry
    Duck Berry 3 months ago

    The Riviera is still on Apple Maps!

    WOW For TRUMP 4 months ago +2

    I can’t believe the Rivera Closed! I was so sad when they tore down the Stardust!

  • Freedom Tower
    Freedom Tower 4 months ago

    Wait in video, why do you call it the "Riv" ?

  • MATT R
    MATT R 4 months ago

    Can you please make a video about why they closed the old Wet N Wild waterpark that was located at 2601 s. Las Vegas Blvd that closed in 2004. Great job on these videos I enjoy the content!

  • Seth Clayborne
    Seth Clayborne 4 months ago

    great video