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“Not worth the tour - spend your money on something else” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

Catalina Island Casino Ballroom
1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510 2000
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Avalon
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
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Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay.
San Diego, California
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“Not worth the tour - spend your money on something else”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We took the "40 minute" casino tour for $ 10.00 per person. Tour guide RUSHED through the tour and barely/inadequately covered the information that was interesting (e.g., history of the casino). She said nothing about the big bands that had once played at the casino. Her delivery was monotone and boring (sounded like a recorded speech with no soul). I could have done much better as I already had read up on the history of the casino and on the important facts. We were restricted from doing anything other than just follow the tour guide. Took some beautiful photos of the place. Views of the bay from the casino are stunning. The casino itself is truly beautiful and well worth seeing. BUT you can only see it with a tour guide (no self directed tours). Finally, the tour was advertised as being 40 minutes long. It did not last more than 30 minutes. Of those 30 minutes, 7-8 minutes were spent outside of the casino building standing around by the front gate while the guide gave a speech about some of the early days of the casino. I would love to take a self-directed tour of the place. However, a tour guide run tour? Forget it. Not worth the $ 10.00 spent per person. It is a rip-off

Visited February 2013
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orangecounty
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“Take the time to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This place host a lot of functions and is just fun to think how old it is. All over Catalina island you will see the old tile and art deco but this place has it all.

Visited February 2013
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Burbank, California
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“The View from the Top”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This building is just beautiful. The Art Deco murals alone are worth the stop, but take the indoor tour and in spite of the steep ramp to the Ballroom at the top is worth the difficult climb. If you can, stay for the movie that runs at 7:30 every evening. If you are staying in town, the walk back from the theater will be quite pleasant.

Visited December 2012
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Tucson, AZ
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“Catalina Island Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Located in the Casino - very small - only takes about 1/2 hour to see the whole thing. Very small giftshop. Interesting video plays continuously with famous island visitors and events on the island.

Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Beautiful building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We took the quick inexpensive tour and were able to see the theatre and ballroom. Both have beautiful art deco decor and it was a fun little tour.

Visited January 2013
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