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Avalon Theater

Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0179
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Ranked #7 of 63 Activities in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino building. It was built in...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: 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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Tinley Park, Illinois
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119 reviews 119 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We took the behind the scenes tour and the tour guide was extremely nervous and lacking in knowledge of the facility. Her colleague Rebecca only seemed concerned with hurrying us out of the place. If they would allow you in we could have done the tour on our own, but understandably with the beauty and value of the place people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

There is an pipe organ and a piano. If you go early enough, you may play the piano. Interior decor is magnificent.

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Evans, Georgia
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Magical setting, amazing murals, 1928 organ that is played on weekends before the nightly movie. 2,000 seats, so huge but good sound and good views of screen. Only drawback, seats were uncomfortable.

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This movie theatre is huge and absolutely beautiful. The artwork in the ceilings, one of the few organs in the world, and just the overall feeling of being inside felt magical and special. Great place and a must see on the island!

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San Jose, California
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We wanted to see the inside of the theater anyway so we came to see a movie one evening and were pleasantly surprised on how comfortable and impressively decorated the interior of this historic building was. With what appears to be fully restored antique murals adorning the ceiling scattered with some twinkling "star" lights and combined the rich and saturating... More 

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Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

On a whim, we went to the theater to hear the Wurlitzer organ concert and we are so glad we did! The theater has been restored and it felt like stepping into the past. The very talented organist showed off the full range of the organ and played crowd-pleasing favorites. The theater itself, it is work of art. We had... More 

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Torrance, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Uncomfortable seats great music original architectural designs beautiful atmosphere great movie choices

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Calgary
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It is like taking a step back in time. Once a central part of the nightly life in Avalon, it is a reminder of the good ole days that have past.

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Dana Point, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This theater is rad. big, old, sweet walls and ceiling. Get there at least 30 minutes early to hear the organ player do this thing, it's rad. The screen is a little set back and on the smaller size so sit close

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Old style theater, big screen, great atmospher. good popcorn. updated sound system. Fun place to watch a movie

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