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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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First run movies in a classic and elegant movie theater. Family friendly movies in a famous unique art filled venue with organ concert at certain times before movies. There is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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San Clemente, California
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San Clemente, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

First run movies in a classic and elegant movie theater. Family friendly movies in a famous unique art filled venue with organ concert at certain times before movies. There is nothing like it anywhere!

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Tooele, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had to revisit this since my husband had his first date here over 40 years ago. Still a movie theater and showtimes only at 7:30. we were on the island for about 8 hours. Very nice walk to this place, prior it was a casino

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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7 helpful votes 7 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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