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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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Classic Elegance

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Buena Park, California
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Buena Park, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My hubby and I decided to take in a movie at the Avalon Theater. We went to a matinee on a Saturday. There were only 9 of us in this massive old time theater so we had our choice of seats. Loved the wall murals and decor. We had to wait to get into the theater as we chose a... More 

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Bakersfield
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Casino was finish in 1929. The Wrigley's did it right. The art work was done by John Gabriel Beckman real silver and gold was melted for detail. Mr. Beckman other claim to fame is the Chinese Theater in Hollywood where the Movie Stars put their foot prints and hand print in cement. Mrs. Wrigley designed the Theater furniture to... More 

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San Clemente, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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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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Address: 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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