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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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This was much more fun than I thought it was going to be. Over the years... not knowing the history of the Casino... I thought it was a gambling casino... and had no wish to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Bonsall, California
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Bonsall, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This was much more fun than I thought it was going to be. Over the years... not knowing the history of the Casino... I thought it was a gambling casino... and had no wish to see it. Our Friend who we were celebrating a birthday with... knew all about it... and insisted we go on a tour. Rebecca out tour... More 

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Yucaipa, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had planned to purchase tickets to tour the inside of the Casino when one of the locals suggested we buy movie tickets instead and this would allow us enjoy the inside for a little longer, cheaper and more personalized experience. It was a great tip and I would recommend it for anyone staying more than one day (if you're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We took the basic tour 25 years ago and were hesitant to pay the higher price for the full one hour tour. Best money spent on the island! Our tour guide Rebecca was such a doll and gave us a sampling of her amazing singing voice! The extended tour takes you to all the levels including the dressing rooms, the... More 

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San Clemente, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Many ticketed events year around. We love the Jazz Trax festival in October. Concerts, tours and museum. Amazing views from the upstairs ballroom! Historic museum and tours available daily. I would rate an excellent except the casino requires rest room maintenance as soon as possible. It is a shame that the problem was not addressed for this Catalina icon.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The place is beautiful, the views from here were amazing. We went back to watch a movie here and the sound was great. An organist played before the movie,we had a great evening.

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Hemet, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

the stairs can be a challenge if you have health problems. If you can pace yourself it is well worth it!

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Lake Forest, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The tour guide was informative and entertaining. It is an amazing building! The artwork is exquisite. It is not a gambling venue; it contains a movie theater and a fabulous ballroom. The museum is worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was able to finally get a chance to gamble on the Island after the Casino was closed for an extended period of time. This was back in 2001 however, so I' sure the environment has improved!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The tour was great! Rebecca gave a fantastic presentation and rich history of the Casino. She was so lively, funny, warm and informative! What a great way to spend my birthday this year!

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San Marcos, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Excellent tour with access to areas of this iconic building off limits to the public. We had Bridgette as our guide and she was so involved in the history and beauty of the Casino we ran 10 min. Over, which was fine with us. Views from the Ballroom balconies are breathtaking!

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