A legendary entertainment destination for almost six decades, Riviera Hotel & Casino was one of the most iconic casino and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. A true Vegas classic, the Riviera Hotel & Casino enjoys a legendary past as the Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise hotel and casino and one of the first top-notch Las Vegas hotels, known for its big name entertainment, action-packed casino, world-class dining, shops, a sparkling outdoor pool, nightclubs and spacious rooms and suites overlooking the Strip.
The Riviera hosted its Grand Opening on April 20, 1955, featuring Liberace and Dorothy Dandridge. The historic Riviera presented many exciting performers of the fabulous 50's including Elvis Presley, Ginger Rogers, and Harry Belafonte and was the Vegas escape for Hollywood elites like Joan Crawford, Orson Wells and Ernest Borgnine. Former home to Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, and Elvis, the Riv was a filming location for movies like Casino and the original Ocean's 11.
During the 1960's, the Riviera presented Louie Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joan Rivers, and the 70's featured stars like Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark, Shirley McLain, and Bernadette Peters. During the 80's, Tony Orlando, David Copperfield and the TV show Hollywood Squares graced its illustrious stages.
This Rat Pack-era hotel was truly a Las Vegas icon. During it's later years, with more than 2,000 hotel rooms and 140,000 square feet of convention space, the Riviera continued to bring a rich tradition of quality, service and hospitality excellence.
Crazy Girls at the Riviera Las Vegas
The world's most unusual bronze statue was at the Riviera. This work of art paid tribute to the resorts long-running revue, "Crazy Girls"
Also known as the bronze statue of butts in Las Vegas. The statue weighed a whopping 1,540 lbs and was considered the most fondled statue on the Vegas strip.
Patting the butt
Legend had it that patting the rears of the dancers brought good luck. As a result tourists on the Strip went out of their way to have a feel.
Riviera Hotel And Casino - Fun Facts
Riviera Hotel opened its doors on April 20, 1955 and was the Ninth casino to open on the Las Vegas Strip
Number of rooms in 1955 – 291
Riviera Hotel opened with Liberace as the property's featured performer
At the time of opening, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip at $50,000 per week
Riviera Hotel And Casino was the first high-rise hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, with nine stories
Harpo and Gummo Marx once held minority ownership in the property
Barbara Streisand made her Nevada debut at Riviera Hotel & Casino
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The Riviera opened in 1955 at the cost of $8.5 million. The opening night gala featured Liberace backed by a 23 member orchestra. Click here for more Vintage Las Vegas Facts.