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Travel Channel 'Time Traveling' To Fremont Street Past

February 27, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

If a genie popped out, what Vegas era would you wish yourself back to?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be good enough for Gaga, but two of our favorite things (besides pinball... it's a long list) are Vegas on TV and flipping through the pages of Lost Vegas. Put that lost Vegas on TV and our mind is blown quicker than a Clarion implosion.

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You Can Still Reserve A Room For Riviera's Final Night

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
February 25, 2015 at 9:12 PM | by | Comments (14)

With a purchase confirmed and a closing date set (May 4th at noon), it's now time to start saying our goodbyes to the iconic Riviera.

For some, it might mean a trip to enjoy a few more hands of $1 blackjack. For others, it will mean loading quarters into a few more pinball machines, or being entertained by some Crazy Girls. Others will book their final (or first) stay. If you'd like to lay claim to being among the hotel's final guests, there's still availability.

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Riviera Sets Date, Time For Closing Hour

Where: 89109
February 24, 2015 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (17)

First, Clarion. Soon, Riviera. Who would have guessed both properties would be Lost Vegas footnotes in the same year?

VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke snapped the above image just before Clarion's implosion earlier this month. A random juxtaposition at the time, the photo is now strangely prophetic. It's not yet known when Riviera will become a pile of rubble, too, after a sale of the property to the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority became official on Friday, but we now know the exact moment it will lock its doors forever.

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No Ifs, Ands Or... LVCVA Approves Purchase of Riviera

Where: 89109
February 20, 2015 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (14)

Stardust. Desert Inn. The Dunes. Las Vegas history is filled with iconic casinos that exist no more. Soon, a new name will join that list: Riviera.

This morning, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority voted to approve the purchase of the Riv for $182.5 million dollars. ($191 mil if you add acquisition expenses.) Out of the 14 board members, the vote went 14-0. 14 to zip, zilch, nada. That's unanimous for those keeping score.

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Riviera Rumors Build, Could Be Gone By June's End

Where: 89109
February 13, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (12)

Another news outlet is joining the rumblings building around the Riviera that point to not just a possible sale, but a closure, too.

The whispers reached a new crescendo yesterday when the Las Vegas Advisor attributed a forthcoming sale of the north Strip property to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCA) to a "reliable, but unofficial source." The LVA further reported that the Riv would be razed to expand the LVCVA's footprint.

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Riviera Rumored To Be Sold, To Eventually Close

February 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (30)

What started out as whispers last week after reports by Vital Vegas and EDGe Vegas has built into a likely indisputable buzz -- word on the street is that the Riviera is being sold. And, while most would have hoped for a comeback of major renovation proportions, it seems we may have to say goodbye to the iconic property for good.

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Where You Can Still Play Coin-Operated Slots

January 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (12)

If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.

But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.

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Touted Implosion For Off-Strip Clarion Likely Not Happening This Month

January 5, 2015 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (5)

After ushering out the last of its guests in September, the off-Strip Clarion may soon make its exit as well. Chances are, however, that it won't happen next week, as originally planned.

Owner Lorenzo Doumani had shared a tentative implosion date of January 13 with the Las Vegas Sun, but when we dropped by the site over the weekend to check on preps, we learned it's likely been delayed until February.

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Forgotten Vegas: Why Doesn’t Anyone Remember MGM Grand’s EFX?

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (18)

Remember EFX? Back in MGM’s Wizard of Oz era, EFX was the spectacle of The Strip. Technical marvels KA and "O" didn’t exist and Cirque du Soleil’s first Vegas show, Mystere, was still brand new. MGM, not even two years old at the time, invested heavily in a special-effects driven show so ambitious that it dwarfed not only anything else in Vegas, but any other show in the world. Despite an eight-year run in a massive 1,800-seat theater, EFX seems to have been largely forgotten among the relics of Lost Vegas.

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Lost Vegas: Lounging Around A 1968 Flamingo

September 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (8)

Reader Chris C. had some quality time with his grandma recently going through old photo albums and wondered if VegasChatter was still accepting submissions. Funny thing about the Internet is that our mailbox is always open and even more curious about the VC staff is that flipping through photos of Lost Vegas never gets old. That's what we love about Vegas pics: we get older, but they stay the saaaame age. Alright, alright.

So, Chris and Grandma C. dug out the western states album that captured an August 1968 stop in Las Vegas on the way back from a California trip. Chris writes:

She and my grandfather drove out to California in the summer of 1968 to visit relatives and stayed for a few days in Las Vegas on the way back, some time in August of '68. They stayed at the Flamingo, which these photos are from. They didn't do much gambling and they didn't even go to downtown Las Vegas until way later in the 1990s. They did spend a lot of time by the pool, which, as it is now, was the center of attention at the fabulous Flamingo. I asked her why she took pictures of the room, and she said that when she got back to New Jersey she wanted people to believe that they had stayed in the Flamingo. I think she was just waiting for Tripadvisor to post photos.

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Clarion Closes Its Doors

Where: 305 Convention Center Drive [map]
September 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (12)

On the heels of the openings of Delano Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas are we about to see the next implosion of a Vegas hotel? The off-Strip Clarion, just west of the Las Vegas Convention Center, marked its last day Tuesday.

We stopped by the property this morning and found security guards patrolling the grounds. The one we spoke to said there were no guests inside and that the property would be demolished. Over its history, the hotel has undergone more name changes than a former mobster in witness protection. The Las Vegas Sun recounts the various name changes here as well as the succession of owners, among which included Debbie Reynolds.

Employees had reportedly been warned of an impending closure and, over the weekend, stopped taking reservations past Labor Day. The hotel had been known as The Debbie Reynolds Hotel, The Paddlewheel, Royal Inn and the Greek Isles. It held the distinction of being the only Clarion with a casino.

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So That's What Happened to The Jeweled Door Handles from The Sahara...

August 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

When we heard that SLS Hotels would be closing down the iconic Sahara Hotel back in 2011, one of our first thoughts was, "But what will happen to the Sahara door handles?" Seriously.

During our visit to the down-trodden casino in 2009, that was one of the design details that this writer adored the most. (It's probably because my last name begins with an "S.") We had hoped then that SLS would incorporate the door handles somewhere into the SLS and as it turns out, they have.

Johnny Kats uncovered the whereabouts of the door handles in his LV Weekly profile on SLS honcho Sam Nazarian.

Today, some elements of the property remain at the new SLS, where Nazarian has a design effect that he calls “Sahara-esque.” He has saved 50 or so S-shaped door handles from the old resort and turned them into a chandelier.

We looked high and low for the chandelier during the SLS Las Vegas' opening day but we could not find it anywhere. And it wasn't because our vision was hampered by gin cocktails. (Or tequila cocktails. Or vodka cocktails.) It turns out the chandelier hadn't been installed yet. But now it's up and here's what it looks like.

You can admire the chandelier for yourself when you walk in between The Sayers Club and the 800 Degrees pizza joint. Alas, the jewels in the door handles have been plucked out. We heard that some over eager folks pried them out of the door handles during the Sahara Liquidation Sale. It was probably for the better. Red, blue and yellow don't really work with the SLS color scheme.

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