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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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The tour was great for people who have not been able to visit the Casino before. We had just found out that it wasn't a gambling casino on the ferry trip over! Mind boggling how... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The tour was great for people who have not been able to visit the Casino before. We had just found out that it wasn't a gambling casino on the ferry trip over! Mind boggling how quickly this impressive architecture came together and how beautiful it remains to this day. We even paid to see a movie we had no interest... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Cool place to come watch a movie in a big theater. Come early to hear the organ player bust out some tunes before the movie. Don't pay for the behind the scenes Casino tour... way overpriced.

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Avalon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I wanted to extend a sincere thank you to the tour staff over at the Casino for the 40 minute walking tour! We brought a school group of twenty to the Casino to show them some of the history of Avalon, and were able to be accommodated quickly! It was a last minute decision due to rains requiring a trip... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I think you should take this tour if you like history. I enjoyed it, but I could see if you're part of the "younger" generation or if you don't appreciate the older generation, this could be boring for you. When I stepped on the ballroom floor, I felt like I was living in the 1930s. I went back for the... More 

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Atwater, California, Usa
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Took the "Behind the Scenes " tour Our tour guide Rebecca was excellent . Be prepared to walk. Great history, architect, amazing building. Don't miss it.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A talented docent takes you around the stunning art-deco structure, sharing the details, the history and making it all come alive in a light-hearted fashion. Its a medium size group, easy enough to make the walk and hear and see everything. This is your only chance to see the grand hallways, theater, banquet area and awesome historic photographs.

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Alliston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Wow it was really interesting. Tons of history there. Silver, gold tiffany lamps and an amazing theatre and ballroom.

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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Don't miss this one. Lots of history. A great place. Takes you right back in time. Architect is simply amazing. Take the time to see a movie there also.

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We loved the preservation efforts of the members. The building is well cared for. The small museum chronicles the history of the island including the days of movie stars frolicking on its shores, to now. There is also a gift shop where some local artists show their wares. Cost of admission of $7.00 is very reasonable. Had a good time.

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West Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We opted for the shorter of two tours to see this Catalina landmark. The building is not generally open to the public...one must take a tour or attend an event to go inside. I think our tour guide was Barbara (short dark hair with shock of white in front...very pretty). She was fabulous. A local with lots of good anecdotes,... More 

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