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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0179
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Description: 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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Beautiful!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Lodi, California
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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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

An amazing vintage theater. A must stop during our week on the island. Tuesday night for vial pricing $8 had the place hopping.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The theater is a must see. The art alone is breathtaking. A huge stage and screen for movies. The theater only has 1 screen and the movie changes weekly. The trim on the ceiling is actual gold and silver. We took the longer tour which included the museum, theater, ballroom and dressing rooms. It was well worth the time/price.

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Yucca Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Comfortable seats in a magnificent art-deco theater.Maybe not always first run movies, but when was the last time you went to a show in a REAL theater?

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Buena Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Beautiful theater. Take the tour if you can, also visit the museum downstairs. So much history, stories that need to be told and listened to. It's not only beautiful, romantic, and classic- it's educational. I recommend everyone take as much Avalon/Catalina history in as they can. It's absolutely fascinating.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is such a wonderful building on this marvelous island. Art deco lovers, you will rejoice at the clean lines, the pastel colors. Definitely a must-stop on Catalina.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It's not as comfy at the new theaters with wider seats, leg room and such, but for those of us who have experienced these old classic theaters it brings back memories. The wood work if magnificent We went on a night the organ player was playing. It was fun to listen to. I would choose to go closer to the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

This has to be one the few theaters left that can bring you back in time. I understand that it is the only local movie cinema on the Island but if they would show some of the movies from the Golden Age as does Turner Classic Movies, many of the tourist as well as the local's would jump at the... More 

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Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The Avalon Theater is one of the highlights of what is already a spectacular historic building, the Avalon Casino. The theater has so many things to see and talk about, and many reviewers have already covered some of them. However, I love tho main things about it: (1) The organ, with its bronze pipes and unique sounds, played by a... More 

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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0179
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon

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