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Finding a Forgotten Treasure From 'Lost Vegas'

June 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (15)

It all began with a spa robe with the words “Imperial Palace” emblazoned in gold thread. I was puzzled when it arrived on my Fort Lauderdale doorstep back in 1994 and had no idea what that robe would mean to me today.

Nineteen years later, a former massage therapist who goes by “Sammasseur” would write his first piece for VegasChatter. And in a touch of irony, it was about...the former Imperial Palace Hotel Casino.

This writer grew up in a dying steel town outside of Pittsburgh. My mother was an avid bingo fan, to say the least. After I graduated from college and moved out of state, Rosie developed an affection for gambling...slot machines, that is. She and her new husband became regulars in 1980s-era Vegas, and they always stayed at a place that sounded so fancy and regal--the Imperial Palace. Wowza, my mom was finally living like a queen!

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Riviera Closure Almost Here, But(t) First: A Crazy Girls Update

April 29, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

With the shutter of the Riviera just days away (doors close at noon on Monday), at least one of its resident shows has found a new home.

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting Crazy Girls will live to see another cheeky (ahem) day with an agreement in place to appear center Strip at Planet Hollywood. Vegas gossip Robin Leach reports the long-running show will take over the Sin City Theater beginning May 13.

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Zooming In On Riviera's 'Secret' Pool

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
March 13, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (20)

VegasChatter readers have been quite busy sharing their opinions of the soon-to-be-gone Riviera. While some see it as an eyesore that's long overdue for implosion, others recognize it as a symbol of what Las Vegas once was: an era of impeccable glamour, service, splendor and class.

Behind the walls of the neon-clad Riviera are rooms filled with forgotten relics, collectibles and pieces of history, many waiting to be rediscovered (check out Ebay if you doubt their value). Members of the staff are rushing to identify and catalog everything they find, hoping to archive all of it before the May 4th closure. But, there's one enormous treasure they won't be able to pack up and store away. It's so large, in fact, that it can be seen from space... or at least via Google Earth. We're talking about Riviera's "secret" rooftop pool.

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Riviera Relics Are Waiting For You On eBay

March 10, 2015 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

With Riviera’s death knell tolling in less than two months, it’s time to start scooping up trinkets and items that will let the property’s memory live on even after its doors close May 4. While some are visiting the hotel itself in search of souvenirs, we turned to eBay to see what items are up for bid. We found a plethora of ashtrays and oh-so-stylish jean jackets plus matchbooks galore. Here are a few of the more interesting items you might want to scoop up while you still can:

The Riv will hardly make it to its 60th anniversary, but you can remember its 50th with this gold medallion necklace for $19.95 (pictured above). If wrist jewelry is more your style, you can get a Riviera watch but the seller couldn’t be troubled to take a non-blurry photo so it’s anyone’s guess what condition it’s in. The seller already admits it’s not working and needs to be cleaned. That non-functioning relic could be yours for $17.95.

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A VegasChatter Reader Drops By Riviera One Final Time

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (19)

As Riviera draws closer to its closure, many Las Vegas tourists and residents alike are finding time to drop by for one last time.

The iconic north Strip hotel-casino will close at noon on May 4 after being sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for $191 million in February.

Over the weekend, a VegasChatter reader made his pilgrimage and shared what he found:

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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 (15)

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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