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“Wheeee it was Fun!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catalina Island Casino

Catalina Island Casino
1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-8687
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Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Dancing
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Owner description: The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa Catalina Island.On the lower level the building features extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre, which still shows movies on its massive screen.The top level of this 12 story high architectural wonder features the beautiful, world-famous Casino Ballroom, a masterpiece of design and a long-standing venue for the world’s best musical performers and big bands. It is also a popular venue for weddings and special events. The only access to the building is through an exclusive Casino Tour offered through Discovery Tours. Once on the tour you’ll soon understand why many call this the most romantic place in Catalina.
Firsco, Texas, USA
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“Wheeee it was Fun!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Zipline Eco Tour in Catalina Island is the BEST!!! This was my first time ziplining and the instructors (Kevin and Michael) were great. Within minutes of meeting them, I was made to feel confident and relaxed that this would be the best experience.....and it was!!! The course if beautiful and they each explained all the safety precautions that they take (usually going above and beyond what is regulated!). Both Kevin and Michael shared fun stories of Catalina Island, their lives and their love for ziplining. These guys were great and wonderful 'eye candy'...both had wonderful personalities and are a positive reflection of the tour agency.

The cost of the tour was not cheap, but you definately get your money's worth. It's something everyone should do at least once in their lives. And if possible...do it in a paradise setting like Catalina!

Visited September 2013
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“Not to be Confused with the Theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Theatre is an integral part of the Casino. This is not a gambling hall but consists of a unique theatre and ballroom above it. Appreciate the fine Douglas Fir woods and the marble floors. Spend a few bucks more and take the behind the scenes tour.

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“Amazing architectural gem in Avalon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The history and charm of the island really shines through in this marvelous structure. The Avalon Theater and Casino Ballroom are something to behold. The entry frescos are beyond breathtaking, as are the views from the Ballroom balcony. Certainly worth visiting.

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Santa Maria, California
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“Magnificent building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We took the "behind the scenes" tour. If you just want to see the inside of the theater and ballroom, take the cheaper regular tour. Joe our tour guide knew everything about the place. Seeing the old projectors and the green rooms was cool if you're into that stuff. "They don't make them like that anymore" is true for this building. Absolutely magnificent. Bring your camera.

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Citrus Heights
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“See My Avalon Theater Review”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Our tour guide, Joe, was great. He gave us the history of the Casino, built in 1929, and showed us behind the scenes, where the star's dressing rooms were, the Marine Bar, the Theater, the Ballroom and the projection rooms. He educated us on the architecture of the building and was especially informative about the history of the stars from the past who have graced these magnificent halls. There are many pictures of the stars who performed here and you just want to say..."if only these walls could talk"! I recommend the Behind the Scenes Tour. There are ramps and stairs, but most people can handle it...I was injured at the time I went and I handled it just fine, so when they say there's something like 55 steep steps, just know they're not that bad and they're not all together. It's worth it and I got some exercise to boot! Plus, the view of Avalon Bay from the top is spectacular!

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