Las Vegas was made for the movies. With world-class shows, famous nightlife and gorgeous hotels and resorts, there is no reason film crews and celebrities wouldn’t flock to The Entertainment Capital of the World to shoot their latest blockbuster movies. 

Some of the top movies set in Sin City include “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, “Swingers, “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and of course “The Hangover.” But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to movies filmed here. In fact, the Riviera alone has been home to some pretty big movies and celebrities. Let’s take a closer look at which Las Vegas films were shot at the Riviera.

One of the oldest standing casino resorts along the Strip, it is no surprise that the Riviera has hosted several film crews throughout the years. One of the classic, iconic Vegas landmarks, the Riviera has withstood the test of time and still proves to be the place where producers, directors and actors come when they want to film a Hollywood hit. Here are just a handful of the films shot at this iconic Las Vegas hotel:

Casino – Director Martin Scorsese wanted a “Viva Las Vegas” look for this film, but he quickly realized that many Las Vegas hotels were constantly changing while their casinos were being updated with a modern look. Looking for that old Vegas feel, the Riviera became the home of “Casino” and it couldn’t have been a better fit. In the film the Riviera was turned into the fictional Tangiers Hotel and Casino and was center stage for much of the action.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - The Riviera’s unique blend of class and whimsy is what drew Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery filmmakers to the hotel. Thanks to the fact that the Riviera is a bit playful with hidden architectural gems, Mike Myers and crew found the hotel to be the perfect spot to film interior shots of this quirky movie. 

The Hangover – Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis weren’t just spotted at Caesars Palace during The Hangover filming. The Wolf Pack also showed up at the Riviera to capture the casino’s signature ambiance. With its fun atmosphere, the Riviera was the perfect location to capture the film’s hilarity.

To roam the same halls as some of your favorite celebrities and see where your favorite Las Vegas movies were filmed look for discounted room rates to the Riviera right here on Best of Vegas. 

Las Vegas, NV - 03/07/14