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Catalina Island Casino

Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-8687
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Casinos, Other
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Dancing
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Owner description: 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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Delano, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a classic historic place to tour and visit in the island. I also recommend renting a golf cart, doing the whole around the island tour and ending at the casino and eating at the restaurant that is right next to the casino by the beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed seeing this historic landmark first-hand. Had really good tour guide. We went in June 2011, but Trip Advisor won't let me change year.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We took the half hour tour while in Avalon and it was definitely worth it! Our tour guide was amazing and so much fun. Only $10 for a great experience.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The "Behind the Scenes Tour" was a great way to see the beautiful building as well as get an understanding of the history. It's great to see it still appreciated and being used for events and movies. There was a bad horror film playing during our stay there but would love to see a movie there next time if something... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Casino tour and museum are fascinating and enjoyable! Rebecca was our tour guide and she was excellent! What a lovely smile and she is filled with enthusiasm. We got lucky but maybe you can ask for Rebecca's tour times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is an amazing venue. The tour guide was great-very knowledgeable. CON: Uphill walking, there is no elevator only concrete ramps all the way to the top. It can be quite a haul if you have walking/standing problems.

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Idyllwild, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

We took the 30 minute tour and it was great. A magnificent theater, with an informative film about the building's history and then that huge ballroom. I had no idea this wonderful building was even there! And you can rent it too! Wow! Great view of the bay from the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

You must visit this truly unique building. The tour will provide you with a vast amount of information. The theater is magnificent and the ballroom and the views are breathtaking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The tour was very informative! Learned lots about the tile work and the orginial construction. Great view from the ballroom on top. Never was a casino but you will find that out on the tour

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

Jazz-Trax Festival was very good. An awesome group, Generation neXt was the best! Look for them on ITunes. Stay at Metropole Hotel. It is the only privately owned Hotel & Very modern & clean. ****

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