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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0179
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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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Our tour guide was the best....a must see while at Avalon

I've been to Catalina Island several times, but this was the first tour I had taken of the Avalon Theatre. Maureen, our tour guide, is a former history teacher, and has a wealth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Catalina Island several times, but this was the first tour I had taken of the Avalon Theatre. Maureen, our tour guide, is a former history teacher, and has a wealth of knowledge about Catalina, the Wrigleys, and of course the Wrigley Theatre. The Theatre has the original organ near the stage, and the organist was practicing while... More 

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Go there for the beautiful decorations inside, and just to be able to tell people, "I've been there." As for the movie watching experience, it's not on par with modern theaters (so so seats, smaller screen). Tuesday is $8 vs. $15 other days. But it's not full even on Tuesdays since it's quite large.

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Thank Wanderer921
Temecula, California
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Located inside the "casino" - it's not a casino as defined by Americans. It's a gathering place. In this instance, it is a drop dead gorgeous art deco dream come true from the walls to the ceiling, the floors, the furniture.... The original art is amazing. The behind the scenes tour of the casino/theater should not be missed. The movie... More 

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Thank GiaPazita
Rosemead, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I ran to make it to the 2p early show, it is my bday today and April squeezed me in 10 minutes in, I managed to catch some of the video in the beautiful Avalon theater. I have always wanted to see inside the Casino for many years. It's always been closed or we were too late. This time was... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The boat ride alone out to Catalina is enjoyable but the Island is pretty much a "must do" if you visit Los Angeles. The Avalon Theater is great along with shopping, tours, boat rides, scuba diving and many other activities this gem of a place has to offer.

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Murrieta, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Whether we like the movie playing or not, we never visit this lovely island without going to the Avalon Theater. Inside decor is fantastic and a wonderful trip to days past. Go 30 minutes early to hear the live organ music and you have to hear 26 miles across the sea played on an organ to really get the feel... More 

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Los Angeles
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Beautiful inside, worth a visit when you are in Avalon. Discounted prices on Tuesday. In the summer it's pretty much all family-friendly movies, with more adult fare in the fall.

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Thank Kathy S
Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

No longer a casino, but a beautiful well-kept movie theater. The Art Deco theme runs throughout. Tours run frequently and the history behind the Avalon is worth investigating. Don't miss it.

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Thank Jmcberger
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful 1929 movie theater! Must see the large, amazing mural paintings and Art Deco architecture! Sound could be better, but the atmosphere makes up for it.

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Thank JRaytravels
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed watching a movie here with a nice mix of tourists and locals. None of the hassles of modern day movie theater and reasonable concession prices. Highly recommended!

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