After 60 years on Las Vegas Strip, Riviera closes at noon

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The aging Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip will age no more as of noon.

The 60-year-old casino-hotel is expected to close its doors at that hour Monday.

The 2,075-room building and the 26 acres it sits on was sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in February.

The publicly-funded tourism agency plans to tear down the casino-hotel where Liberace and Frank Sinatra were once headliners and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.

"The Riv" is among the few remaining hotel-casinos that got its start in Sin City's early mob-led days.

The property has struggled in recent years as development around it went dormant, deterring walk-in traffic.

Furniture and fixtures inside the casino-hotel are expected to be auctioned in mid-May.

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After 60 years on Las Vegas Strip, Riviera closes at noon
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: An exterior view shows the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: A slow-shutter camera zoom effect image shows an exterior view of the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: An exterior view shows the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: An exterior view shows the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: Visitors take photos at the 'Crazy Girls' bronze sculpture at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: People pose for a photo by an entrance to the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: A sign displays a message thanking patrons at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last day of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: Guests play slot machines at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: An exterior view shows the Riviera Hotel & Casino on its last night of operation on May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: Guests gamble on the casino floor at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: A view of the pool area at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4, 2015. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: An exterior view shows the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4, 2015. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: An exterior view shows the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority purchased the 60-year old property on the Las Vegas Strip for USD 182.5 million and plans to demolish it to make room for more convention space as part of its USD 2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project. The hotel will close on May 4, 2015. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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