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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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Nice visit

We only visited the museum, did not tour the theater or see a movie. Had some interesting displays about the island, the Wrigley's and the Chicago Cubs. If you want a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Brunswick, Ohio
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Brunswick, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We only visited the museum, did not tour the theater or see a movie. Had some interesting displays about the island, the Wrigley's and the Chicago Cubs. If you want a little history about the island and it's famous visitors stop in and visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We took the behinds the scene tour and it was pretty neat! Got to see the projector room for the theater, the viewing room the Wrigley's use/used, some make-up/dressing rooms and the ballroom. A must!

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Chehalis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Took my group to visit the casino. In my opinion it is a must see on your trip to Catalina. The tour is about 40 minutes and you get a lot of history about the early days. This place has a huge theater with amazing acoustics. Go to a movie if you have a chance. Amazing. The only thing Wrigley... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

30 minute tour of the casino was great. The theater is worth the cost alone. Gorgeous structure; built by Mr. Wrigley in 1928. Easy walk from downtown.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An iconic landmark in the Island. The theater is old and charming; the weekend I was there, they were airing American Sniper. Didn't watch it then as I had already watched it the previous week, but must have been such a treat for those who did. The walkway leading up to the Casino, via Casino, is lined with beautiful well... More 

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Lake Elsinore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you love historic places then this is one place you have to see and visit. Built in 1928 it still has all its charm and decor . You must go on the tour. Only down side is when we went, they only had one a tour a day at 11 am.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I saw American Sniper at the Casino while on the island. The live organ music that's playing when you first enter while waiting for the previews is almost surreal. Though the seats are a throwback to old cinemas, the Casino offered a beautiful place with great acoustics to see a movie. It's right on the water and an enjoyable walk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Visited this grand old building and had a dinner in the main grand hall. The view at night from the wrap around balcony was of a full moon with a cruise ship anchored off shore. The old photos on the floor below show of great old times of late nights dancing and enjoying life. The cinema was showing a movie... More 

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

What a quick but informative hour tour. It was chalked full of history and the building is just not what I expected once we got inside. I do love that it has ramps just like Wrigley Field :) Must do it again!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

no dislike, everything about this iconic landmark is fascinating, and going to the Jazz Festival in the ballroom every year.

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