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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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Don't miss the casino tour

Had a fantastic tour with Rebecca. Very interesting history and stories about both casino and island. Also about the construction , great place and tour by Rebecca.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Yorba Linda, California
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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Had a fantastic tour with Rebecca. Very interesting history and stories about both casino and island. Also about the construction , great place and tour by Rebecca.

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Cleveland, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We took a docent guided tour of the Casino, theatre, ballroom and behind the scenes dressing room. The building is well maintained and the original design is a gorgeous example of 1920s Art Deco in California.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I never imagined that building could be so beautiful on the inside. I thought it was just going to be an old theatre - wrong! Definitely worth the tour. And it's free on your birthday! Lots of history, gorgeous wood, interesting architecture. Rebecca was our guide, she had plenty of knowledge and a great singing voice too.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Take the tour! It is worth every penny. The Casino Ballroom is so tall it looks over the Bay and not only provides spectacular views, but makes for a perfect place to hold that very special event. It is truly a beautiful place and great tour guide.

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

What an incredible building!!! You must take the tour! Bring your camera and take tons of pictures. The museum and gift shop is a must. The little restaurant just outside has great fish and chips. Be sure to look back at Avalon when you go out on the deck next to the ballroom and take a picture. Amazing!!!

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Indio, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Right off the Catalina Express we walked to the Casino from the landing, in time for a 40 minute tour of this place. Not to be missed, an engineering fete managed by the Wrigley's of Chicago in the early 20th century, with a lovely museum-type theater with a rare organ, and a ballroom and outdoor balcony with many great sites... More 

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Perris, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Built back in the 1920's as a dance hall and movie theater. The art deco is great to see. Tour was 40 minutes long and shows both the theater and ball room. Be prepared to do some climbing as there are at least four long ramps to get to the ball room. The view from the top is great. The... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

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

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

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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