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Avalon Theater

1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Traveler Description: The historic Avalon Theater is one of the nation's first art deco movie houses designed to embrace the advent of talking motion pictures. Built in... more »
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Palmdale, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great little movie theater. Wait it seats 1200 people!!!! Organist is wonderful before the movie. Liked having one showing, and a nice walk to and from the theater olongapo the beach

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Carlsbad, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It's the only show in town so we always hope there will be a great movie playing here when we visit. Even if there isn't, we typically go anyway. Can't say that about any other movie theaters today! Being a New York native, this place reminds me so much of Radio City Music Hall. Make sure you go early to... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This theater is gorgeous. It seats 1200 people. There is a nightly showing at 7:30 pm. Inside secret -- if you have dinner at Avalon Café they include a movie ticket with your entrée. How great is dinner and a movie?!

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San Diego
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Showings are only at 7:30 pm, except for matinees on Wednesdays and Sundays at 4:30 pm. It is a little expensive at $15 for adults, but the interior decor (murals and decor) are beautiful. The concession stand had reasonably priced items with little tubs of popcorn for $3 like when I was young. There was a man playing the organ... More

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Menifee, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a beautiful old theater. Some parts have been restored but many are original, like the ceiling in the lobby. It is beautiful and has never been retouched! On Saturday nights beginning at 6:30 there is a movie organ concert prior to the actual movie. Make time to attend, it was fantastic! The last 6 rows were originally considered... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I went on a tour earlier on my first visit and learned of the history and background which was very interesting and beautiful. In the evening I went to see the movie - Maleficent, and there was an organ concert before the showing. A lovely surprise, to hear the organist playing not only Disney themes but a bit like I... More

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Escondido, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Huge 1200 seat theater with state of the art media AND original Art Deco murals of Spanish missionaries, Native Americans and wildlife adorning the walls, plus an organ recital before the show instead of previews and ads:)

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Los Angeles, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We saw a movie here. Hated the movie, loved the experience. The theater is stunning, and we enjoyed the pre-show organ concert.

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Gainsville, GA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were on Cataina Isand the weekend between Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend and learned there was a Silent Film Benefit going on. (Though the theatre normally shows 1st run movies.) It was actually the 27th annual, with proceeds benefiting the Avalon Museum -- an interesting little place in the same building. We went since we wanted to see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We attended the Silent Film Festival and it was delightful! The orchestra brought this silent film to life! Looking forward to next year!

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