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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-8687
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Activities: Group tours/day tour, Dancing
Description: 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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Casino fantastic, guided tour not so much!

We took the behind the scenes tour. I have taken it before. This time the tour was disappointing as the guide spent most of the time talking about life on the island and less... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We took the behind the scenes tour. I have taken it before. This time the tour was disappointing as the guide spent most of the time talking about life on the island and less about the juicy stories "behind the scenes" at the Casino. It seemed as though she either was new at the presentation or just going through the... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight of our trip to Catalina. The first part was a tour of the beautiful movie theater with its colorful murals all around the walls. Our guide told us the history of the building and reminded us that it is still a functioning movie theater with a new movie showing each week. We walked up several wide... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Full of history and the tour was educational and informative. Saw the ballroom and the auditorium. The ramps to walk up to the upper decks was very interesting.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting building and history of the island. The tour was great and the behind the scenes part of the theater was great to see as well

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The tour we took was very well done. The building is rich in history and I especially liked the architecture. lighting and photos. The theatre itself is awesome with super art work and an old grand organ.

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The Casino building is amazing. They spared no expense when they built this place in the 20's! I love historic 20's architecture. This is not a Casio as we know it no gambling at this place, they explained Casino was a gathering place. I loved the painting on the ceiling in the theater and the art deco chandelier in the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

There should be an option to pay an admission fee to view the Casino with a supervisor, instead of a tour guide. I learned more about the Island and the Casino in my first five minutes on the island than spending 30 minutes on this tour. The tour guide, Rebecca, added no value. She rushed us through every room on... More 

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Abiquiu, Nm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

You can pick up a "passport" on the green pier and it has a half-price coupon for the discovery tour. Seeing this building and learning it's history was a highlight of our stay.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We, my wife, I and two beautiful 10 and 3 years old grand-daughters packed luggage and headed on to Avalon city at the Catalina Island in Pacific Ocean off Dana Point, CA for three wonderful week end days! It was a first time with these adorable grand-kids and more than five times for my wife and I. The climate was... More 

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El Cajon, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We were interested in the history of the Casino, the most notable landmark on the island, and decided to take the 40 minute tour. Our tour guide was a woman in her 60s I'd say named Rebecca who is probably a perfectly nice person, but she is in the wrong job! The only two real areas that you see on... More 

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-8687
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon

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