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Catalina Island Casino

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa...

The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa Catalina Island.On the lower level the building features extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre, which still shows movies on its massive screen.The top level of this 12 story high architectural wonder features the beautiful, world-famous Casino Ballroom, a masterpiece of design and a long-standing venue for the world’s best musical performers and big bands. It is also a popular venue for weddings and special events. The only access to the building is through an exclusive Casino Tour offered through Discovery Tours. Once on the tour you’ll soon understand why many call this the most romantic place in Catalina.

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Beautiful place

Do not let the name confuse you. It is not a gambling casino. It is a beautiful building with beautiful views. Walking distance from downtown. You can even watch a movie there if... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do not let the name confuse you. It is not a gambling casino. It is a beautiful building with beautiful views. Walking distance from downtown. You can even watch a movie there if you in Catalina for a couple of days.

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Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Be sure you get to see both theater and ball room. Tour was informative and helps you understand the history of the area. Outstanding interiors - art deco galore! Perfect acoustics. 2nd time to do tour and I still loved it!

Thank cybertraveler
Tracy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history, this is a good one for California, Catalina Island. The beautiful architecture of the building and the history of the building.

Thank MaryandLisa0916
Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely experience definite must see! The tour takes a person back to the 50's and very enjoyable. We went to the movies on Tuesday night and the theater is FABULOUS!

Thank clthompson0520
San Jacinto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow each time we tour the casino we learn more. The theater is so much fun and so beautiful and fun to see more that once. The ballroom is well worth seeing also.

Thank jerryjfm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Love going to the cinema at the Casino! Wife and I go every time we are in Avalon! No matter the movie! The Organ concert is a gas.

Thank Mikegbrennan
Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We did the behind the scenes tour. The theater is incredible; the black walnut panels in the waiting area are magnificent. you don't see that type of craftsmanship anymore. The theater decor is delightful. Hard to imagine someone painting those walls. The ballroom is likewise magnificent. Art Deco in the best sense and well preserved. A truly enjoyable tour. When... More 

Thank mtiktinsky
Haddam, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

What a beautiful building! And I'm sure if those walls could talk ... Frankie From Avalon is quite a character and very knowledgeable tour guide. We took the 40 minute tour and really enjoyed seeing the movie theater (amazing) and the grand ballroom. It is a short walk from town (plenty of benches along the way if you need to... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Worth while going to see. Great tour guide. We did both tours. I like the behind the scenes for the best. It is quite warm inside and beautiful. The ballroom that they had for dancing were they had up to 6,000 people on the time is incredible. Acoustics is great the whole Casino. Archer guide actually some choice to demonstrate... More 

Thank VanDeCruise
Nineveh, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The presentation and film are amazing...do not miss. The building itself is a sight to behold and the history is so fun!!!

Thank Doclesley

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