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Catalina Island Casino

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-8687
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Casinos
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Dancing
Traveler Description: The Catalina Casino has been the focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened in 1929. Built in just 14 months by... more »
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San Francisco, California
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202 reviews 202 reviews
29 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It was never a gambling facility, but this historical building is a spectacular architectural masterpiece. Take the $10 tour to enjoy the history, the theatre, and the views. When you see the ballroom with its massive Tiffany chandelier, you are instantly transported back to the days of glamour. We definitely want to plan to attend one of Catalina’s big events,... More

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Anaheim, Ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

There is a very small museum on the side of this building. It had a great history of the island. Showed the many celebrities who used to come to the island years ago, Charlie Chaplin being one if the main characters. Lots of great photos. It was very inexpensive, only about $5 or $7 to enter. Well worth it.

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San Bernardino, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It's a beautiful building! You can take a tour of the building or go watch a movie in the evening there.

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San Jose, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We took the tour, including the movie theatre. It's art deco at its most dramatic. Well worth the price.

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Bought tickets online a month in advance - and the tour times changed! Double check times when you arrive on island so you don't miss it. Luckily we caught the Behind the Scenes tour and loved the theater, ballroom, and other private rooms. Guide was informative and funny. This is the crown jewel of Catalina, so everyone should go on... More

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Menifee, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The casino is such a focal point of Avalon that we decided we really wanted to take a tour and see the inside. The behind the scenes tour was already sold out for the day so we settled for the 30 min. tour. We got to see the beautiful movie theatre and lobby and the incredible dance floor upstairs. Our... More

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San Diego
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

*Notice* It is not an actual casino! While staying on the island for several days, we decided to go check out the "casino". I didn't really do my homework before I went there, so I was actually hoping to get some gambling in. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was a movie theatre and not a real... More

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California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

If you are interested in movie theaters, ballrooms, or Art Deco, this is a must see. Take the tour and see the theater and the ballroom inside this lovely building. It is very picturesque inside and out. Most of it is all original and extremely well-preserved. It isn't hard to imagine 1940's big bands performing there with the ballroom filled... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Outstanding tour, if you have the time a must do. The movie theatre is fabulous and to learn the true meaning of the word Casino.

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Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A simply beautiful 1930's Art Deco Gem... recently revitalized and now a protected historic monument 'not to be missed' on Catalina. A picture focal point, and monumental landmark of central Avalon, be sure to take a tour (the longer more intensive tour) of the building. Also ensure that you take a stroll around the out side of the building being... More

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