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“Amazing Casino- BUT Way Too rush in the Tour.” 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 #5 of 48 things to do in Avalon
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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.
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“Amazing Casino- BUT Way Too rush in the Tour.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Amazing Casino- BUT we had same experience as previous reviewer on Feb 27th. It started at 2p and ended at 224- that included short talk up front, in theater, hike all the way to the top, and then few minutes out on balcony. Second girl running tour was rude as she wouldnt let us even stop and look at pictures along hallways. She told us that pictures were also down in museum and that we needed to go pay to look at them there- and it was $3 to get in with the ticket stub.
Self guided would be better as the ballroom and theater are spectacular!

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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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“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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