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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-8687
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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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Go behind the scenes. Wonderful experience!

We did the behind the scenes tour with our amazing tour guide Rebecca! She was fabulous and we could feel ourselves drifting back into time and imagining the history and stars... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the behind the scenes tour with our amazing tour guide Rebecca! She was fabulous and we could feel ourselves drifting back into time and imagining the history and stars like Norma Jean Baker and Ronald Reagan who walked in those same steps. The casino is a special time in history that is unparrelled.

Thank Steven J
Citrus Heights, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While exploring our eating options, we stumbled upon an opportunity to enjoy a movie-Star Wars: the Force Awakens as a special treat after eating and with no extra charge! We have been to the Casino several times and find it fascinating. THIS, however, was the first time we got to see a movie in the beautiful theater in the lower... More 

Thank Doug D
Atlanta, Georgia
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed this short tour. Takes about 20-40 minutes depending if you want to read every word, and study every picture. The museum provided a very interesting history of the island. Not being from California, we knew virtually nothing about Santa Catalina Island. This tour will tell you why it is named so, who came to it,... More 

Thank mcchuck2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Museum had a lot of pictures and information on many famous people. Things I didn't know. Didn't get to visit the theater but planned to the next time.

Thank grandma of 6
Alpine, California
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194 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a real casino as we now know it but an iconic place with old fashioned artwork, theater and lots of history. The ceilings artworks are so beautiful. Be sure to visit the gift shop for fun posters of iconic actors and actresses. Tickets are $12 per person which includes a 40 minute tour of the "casino" with beautiful art... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Epic! Art Deco ALONE worth $30. to look at! ! Movie's show daily 7:30pm. This place feels like we're living alongside an alternate universe; add if one slight misstep could Jane you living in a completely debate. The ambiance wad palatable!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You just have to take that walk. We honestly thought it was a gambling casino. Not at all. Casino means gathering place. Beautiful Art work surrounds this lovely building full of art history. Check out the Museum and book store. We went in the evening when the sun was going down. Beautiful photos. The walk continues to a beach resort... More 

Thank Mitzi S
Mazeppa, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

First you have to realize that the casino is not a "casino" that most people associate with the word. It's a theater and ballroom and it's gorgeous. We didn't see a movie there, as they were playing one we'd already seen, but we did go on the tour and learned the history of the building. Beautiful.

Thank Cheryl6662013
Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This place has an awesome theatre and ballroom. This was never a place to gamble. There are two tours available, I recommend the behind-the-scenes tour if available. The short film about the casino is shown during the tour and very interesting. We were there on 12/31 and they were preparing for a New Year's Eve ball that looked like it... More 

Thank Ivan58_10
Marina del Rey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We had previously been to Catalina Island for a quick day trip, but we didn't think to take the tour of the casino. My husband and I had a few days to spend on this stunning island, so I was really looking to get inside the casino and explore. We picked up our $12 tour tickets for the 40 minute... More 

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