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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-8687
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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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wonderful tour of the casino, didn't realize the word casino means entertainment not gambling

I love everything about Catalina Island, seems like you are in an other part of the world but really just as close as your backyard.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

I love everything about Catalina Island, seems like you are in an other part of the world but really just as close as your backyard.

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Lake Worth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

We took the tour and really enjoyed it. There is a lot of history to learn about the island that I had no idea about. The parties they must have had there! They place is really nice. The theater is incredible. The place is trimmed in real gold and silver with Tiffany lighting and fixtures.

Thank Rhonda B
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most recognizable buildings in California, if not in the western United States. It has been in movies, advertisement, and has hosted some of the most famous big bands of the century. Many festivals and events have made this an amazing venue. There is so much to see inside, that the daily tour is very well... More 

Thank CarlosLdelaRosa
Big Bear Region, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We were lucky enough to get a free tour for our birthday - but even if you have to pay, this tour is worth it. This building and especially the ballroom are amazing. You will learn a little history and feel like you are stepping back in time. Don't miss this!

Thank We3luv2travel
Roswell, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We were surprised that you can't place bets at this Casino - just dance! You have to go up fairly steep runways to reach the dance floor. The murals in the movie theatre were beautiful.

Thank 242ellenk
Joshua Tree
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Santa Catalina Island Tours offer a very informative tour of the history of the Casino. It is very beautiful. The movie theatre is amazingly elegant where you can view a current movie nightly.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This Art Deco / Mediterranean Revival style monument is worth spending some time at. Take a tour, take some pictures, take in a movie, and take a dip!- The City of Avalon Dive Park is right outside. Ask when the organist will be rehearsing and go see a movie that evening, they'll let you in 1 hour early to enjoy... More 

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Spring Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The Avalon Casino is such a glorious old building! We had the pleasure of seeing a first run movie in the working movie theatre.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A must-see on your visit...take the time for the 40 minute tour of this landmark, BEAUTIFUL building which includes the movie theater and dance hall, where all the big names came to party and dance the night away back in the days of old Hollywood.

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

What a beautiful building and such rich history from the average "joe" to movie stars. Rebecca was an amazing guide. We missed out on the longer tour, but I highly recommend that one. Get your tickets early in the day, tours sell out

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