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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0179
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The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino...

The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino building. It was built in 1929 as one of the first theaters designed for talking movies. The original Page organ still is played before the movies on Friday-Sunday nights. The theater features first-run movies, seats 1,184 people, is 138 feet across and 43 feet high. Art deco murals by John Gabriel Beckman (designed the artwork in the Grauman's Chinese Theater)adorn the walls and create a glamorous ambiance.

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I ran to make it to the 2p early show, it is my bday today and April squeezed me in 10 minutes in, I managed to catch some of the video in the beautiful Avalon theater. I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Rosemead, California
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Rosemead, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ran to make it to the 2p early show, it is my bday today and April squeezed me in 10 minutes in, I managed to catch some of the video in the beautiful Avalon theater. I have always wanted to see inside the Casino for many years. It's always been closed or we were too late. This time was... More 

Thank terbear78
Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boat ride alone out to Catalina is enjoyable but the Island is pretty much a "must do" if you visit Los Angeles. The Avalon Theater is great along with shopping, tours, boat rides, scuba diving and many other activities this gem of a place has to offer.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Whether we like the movie playing or not, we never visit this lovely island without going to the Avalon Theater. Inside decor is fantastic and a wonderful trip to days past. Go 30 minutes early to hear the live organ music and you have to hear 26 miles across the sea played on an organ to really get the feel... More 

Thank Linda P
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Beautiful inside, worth a visit when you are in Avalon. Discounted prices on Tuesday. In the summer it's pretty much all family-friendly movies, with more adult fare in the fall.

Thank Kathy S
Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

No longer a casino, but a beautiful well-kept movie theater. The Art Deco theme runs throughout. Tours run frequently and the history behind the Avalon is worth investigating. Don't miss it.

Thank Jmcberger
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Beautiful 1929 movie theater! Must see the large, amazing mural paintings and Art Deco architecture! Sound could be better, but the atmosphere makes up for it.

Thank JRaytravels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Really enjoyed watching a movie here with a nice mix of tourists and locals. None of the hassles of modern day movie theater and reasonable concession prices. Highly recommended!

Thank Zach M
Scottsdale, Az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

LOVE to see movies when I visit Catalina Island. Get there early so you can hear the organ play. If you can walk around you will see an amazing amount of rare wood on the walls that is simply amazing.

Thank TravelinMan20132013
Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This movie theater is absolutely stunning!! Walking in to the theater there was a man playing the organ while we waited for everyone to sit. The staff is friendly and the place is clean. You must go to this movie theater at least once to see how beautiful it is!!

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The OC, Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I convinced my wife to attend the theaters Silent Movie Festival for this year, 2015. They were going to show the silent Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney with live organ and orchestral accompaniment. They also had a talented actress/singer who sang aloud the opera songs that the two female stars of the movie sang onscreen. It was fantastic,... More 

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