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“Worth seeing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Avalon Theater

Avalon Theater
1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Ranked #7 of 63 Activities in Avalon
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
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Owner description: 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.
San Diego, California
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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Avalon theater is a truly unique place to show films. It is on the bottom floor of the Avalon casino building. There are many beautiful murals on the walls and a gorgeous antique organ sitting in the very front. If you want to see the theater, buy a movie ticket and go inside and see it. Do not purchase the tour of the place which I found to be nu-informative, boring and a complete rip-off.

Visited February 2013
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Mission Viejo, California
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“Going to the movies here was an "Event"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We loved going to the movie here. The whole experience from box office, to organ music to the gorgeous murals was breathtaking. We can't wait to go again! Beautiful!

Visited February 2013
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Grants Pass, OR
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“Very nostalgic!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Among the movies we've seen there are LINCOLN and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Great place for these movies - wish they would change movies more often.

Visited January 2013
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Staunton, Virginia
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“Average for a Theater, amazing for the extras”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

On certain days of the week, (I think it is Fri/Sat) there is a ten minute pipe organ concert before the showing of whatever movie you go to see. If you are going to pay 15$ a ticket, show up early and admire the art deco murals on the wall while you listen to one of the only pipe organs in the world.

The theater aspect is about what you might expect- nice seats, basic concession stand- it's the architecture you should go to see. If you aren't as interested in the movie, take the behind the scenes tour offered during the day. Skip the basic tour!

Visited December 2012
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Oceanside, California
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“Saw the hobbit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Our driver for the skyline tour Theresa, recommended this and wow.. you HAVE to see a movie here!!! The seating was excellent!! lots of room... polite people very nice!

Visited January 2013
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