News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV

member station


The Last Days Of The Riviera


Riviera Sign
Jeff Scheid

The Riviera hotel-casino closed Monday after 60 years.

The Riviera hotel-casino closed its doors at noon on Monday, ending a 60-year run on the Strip.

So what were the final hours of the storied Riviera like? Did anyone walk away from the blackjack tables a winner one last time?

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Kimberly De La Cruz watched as crews worked to remove the gold “R” door handles, and talked to the hotel's last guests as they checked out.

"It was pretty crazy at first," De La Cruz said. 

She said it didn't seem that anyone noticed at first that the doors had closed, but soon a crowd gathered to say farewell.

At about 10 minutes before noon, security guards started walking through the casino floor. 

"One couple was playing and the machines next to them got turned off. It happened pretty quickly," De La Cruz said.

One person De La Cruz talked to was Larry Edwards, who was a performer with "An Evening at La Cage," the long-time female impersonator show. Edwards played Tina Turner and said he was sad to see the Riviera close. 

For people who still have chips from the Riviera a redemption center has been set up at the Westgate hotel-casino, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. People will have until Sept. 1 to redeem their chips.

Support comes from

If you want to own a piece of the Riv, the liquidation sale is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 14 at 2901 South Las Vegas Boulevard. It then continues 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until everything is sold out.




Kimberly De La Cruz, reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for.  If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.

More Stories

KNPR's State of Nevada
Jul 18, 2007

Direct From Russia