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Riviera comes crashing down: Famed Las Vegas hotel and casino visited by Liberace and Dean Martin is demolished in controlled explosion after closing last year

Chris Spargo For and Associated Press

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  • Las Vegas' famed Riviera Hotel & Casino was demolished in the early morning hours of Tuesday
  • The classic mob joint that was featured in films including Oceans 11 and Diamonds are Forever closed last May
  • During its heyday the venue hosted the Las Vegas residences of iconic performers including Dean Martin and Liberace 
  • The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority bought the 2,075-room property across 26 acres last year for $182.5 million
  • The site will now be used to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center 

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