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Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 11:58 p.m.
“Pawn Stars” patriarch Richard “Old Man” Harrison on Wednesday pulled out his famous Chrysler Imperial convertible to drive his family, including Austin “Chumlee” Russell, and the cast of the parody “Pawn Shop Live!” to their new home at the Riviera, which is celebrating its 59th anniversary.
Up in the famous Sinatra penthouse suite, son Rick Harrison’s gold Frank Sinatra LP was unveiled and will remain there for the show’s run. (Rick, incidentally, was reportedly MIA due to a pesky root canal.) Also present: show producer Derek Stonebarger and Riviera General Manager Rob Kunkle.
“Pawn Shop Live!” is a Broadway-style musical comedy, which opened at the Golden Nugget downtown and now plays at the Riviera daily at 4:30 p.m. Our thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery.
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With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.