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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 guide was informative and entertaining. It is an amazing building! The artwork is exquisite. It is not a gambling venue; it contains a movie theater and a fabulous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Lake Forest, California
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Lake Forest, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The tour guide was informative and entertaining. It is an amazing building! The artwork is exquisite. It is not a gambling venue; it contains a movie theater and a fabulous ballroom. The museum is worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I was able to finally get a chance to gamble on the Island after the Casino was closed for an extended period of time. This was back in 2001 however, so I' sure the environment has improved!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The tour was great! Rebecca gave a fantastic presentation and rich history of the Casino. She was so lively, funny, warm and informative! What a great way to spend my birthday this year!

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour with access to areas of this iconic building off limits to the public. We had Bridgette as our guide and she was so involved in the history and beauty of the Casino we ran 10 min. Over, which was fine with us. Views from the Ballroom balconies are breathtaking!

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

If you're in Avalon for a day or two, be sure to go see a movie at The Casino. The theater is gorgeous inside with incredibly vivid murals, starts twinkling in the ceiling and, if you're lucky, a organist playing some old Hollywood tunes before your movie begins. The picture quality is fantastic and the popcorn is hot and fresh!... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The Catalina Island Casino tour is absolutely stunning. You MUST take at least the 30 minute tour. With that tour they show you the theatre, and the ballroom. The murals are so beautiful in the theatre, and they allow pictures! The ballroom is huge, and you can just picture the dances that used to take place in there...and they still... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I was hesitant to do this tour thinking this would be boring. I was amazed. There are so many aspects to this building. Bridget our tour guide was excellent. The history behind this building is amazing and it appeal to many different people. Architecture/Building - Built in 1929 by Mr. Wrigley it is all steel and concrete. It was taller... More 

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Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

When visiting Catalina Island, you must stop at the Casino for an inside tour. The fresco's covering the ceiling and walls are spectacular. Standing at the center of the theater you will hear an echo … starting first with your footsteps, than your voice. It's amazing. What a wonderful piece of history.

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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

I made the mistake of trekking out to the casino from the ferry dock without checking the times for tours first. Big mistake. Tours are only scheduled at intervals and you better know what they are or you'll be out of luck as I was. One tour started at 12:30 or so and the next was at 3pm. Are you... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We loved the architecture and the 1929 pipe organ. Check for times for when they play the organ. We watched a movie. There are tour available.

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