LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) — The last tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino is about to be reduced to rubble during an overnight implosion on the Las Vegas Strip.
The planned 2 a.m. Tuesday demolition of the Monte Carlo wing comes two months after the taller Monaco tower was leveled the same way.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority now owns the property, on which it plans a Las Vegas Convention Center expansion.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
Opened in 1955, The Riviera was the first high-rise on the Strip.
The 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace to Dean Martin.
It was a backdrop for movies including the Rat Pack original “Ocean’s Eleven” in 1960; the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever;” Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” in 1995; and the Hangover in 2009.READ MORE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
It’s also a setting for scenes in the latest “Jason Bourne” film.
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