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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 #2 of 13 Attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino building. It was built in...
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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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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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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 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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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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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I can't say that I have seen a more beautiful theater. We just had to go to the movie later that night just to say we were there and saw a movie! It was a wonderful time. The theater has the most beautiful art work I have ever seen.

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Santa Clara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I liked the different approach to your typical movie theatre, however, because of that the sound wasn't as sharp as I'm used to. But, it wasn't horrible either. The organ player is amazing! Come early to enjoy his performance. Avoid going to the restrooms by yourself. I get scared in there thinking I'm in a scene from a horror flick.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Classic theater. Loved the architecture, the ambiance is something everyone ends to experience. Sound was tough and sears were uncomfortable but totally worth it as long as you temper expectations on those. Staff was very nice, especially appreciated Eric, who had lots of knowledge about the island and recommended the avalon grille for dinner which my girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed!!!

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