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Catalina Island Casino

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-8687
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Ranked #3 of 17 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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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a small "gathering place"- that is the Casino. Small museum, that is very hot- no air, Mostly Wrigley history. Nice museum shop. Interesting information, but very small

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Grass Valley, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

There for the Jazz Festival. Love the views from the balcony upstairs. There is an elevator on the side of the building for those who cannot walk up three steep ramps.

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Seabrook, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our tour of the historic Catalina Island Casino, consisting of an Art Deco theater and ballroom (no gambling at this prohibition-era place of entertainment), was quite entertaining. The facility is truly gorgeous and well-maintained, and the tour guide kept the history engaging. In the evening, you can watch a current movie, with a pipe-organ concert headliner, although we did not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Take the tour, tour the museum and end the evening with wonderful musical entertainment and movie!! Lots of history here!!

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San Francisco, California
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I wouldn't put this at the top of my list for places to visit in Avalon, but it is a very interesting place with some fun history. We did the backstage tour and it was enjoyable, though not very memorable. If you enjoy quirky movie theaters, they still show movies, twice on Wednesday and Saturday, and once every other day.... More

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Elk Grove, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Pay a little extra and do the behind the scenes tour, so worth it. You get to see a little bit of everything, from the theater to the grand ball room, the dressing rooms, projectors, etc. Our tour guide was very good, lots of cool info.

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New York City, New York
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

One of our favorite sites and places to visit as we come to the island on the boat. This fascinating and historic structure is awe inspiring for all ages however old movie buffs and historians will like it most. Let yourself get caught up in the art, the beautiful fan and the rich history.

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Placentia, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I liked hearing about the history of the casino and will go back for a full complete backstage tour. No I can't write more about this

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Malibu, California, United States
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263 reviews 263 reviews
124 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

O.K., I've done a variety of shows at this place. It's a bit long-in-the-tooth in terms of maintenance however it is a classic structure, a lovely location and worth a visit. They have added some film and tour ideas to their offering. Lots of scuba activity in back of the casino where you can rent gear and shore dive off... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a must do when on Catalina Island. The building is so beautiful, rich with history and art! We only went on the 30mins tour but maybe next time we will go on the one hour to see more of the Casino.

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