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Catalina Island Casino

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa...

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.

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The Catalina Island Casino houses the first-ever theater for motion pictures with sound plus one of the country's biggest dance floors! The architecture is a marvel and boasts... read more

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Lake Forest, California
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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Catalina Island Casino houses the first-ever theater for motion pictures with sound plus one of the country's biggest dance floors! The architecture is a marvel and boasts stunning artwork and decorative features throughout the casino, which was never home to gamblers. The "Discover the Casino" tour was 40 minutes -- look for the 2-for-1 coupon from local vendors. And... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Got to see "Rogue One" in the Casino, a historic movie theater (performance arena) with antiques seats (very comfortable). In addition, we got to hear the organ play for an hour from a really good organ player.

Thank Reggie B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed tour of building and opportunity to take pictures of harbor. Rebecca was great and had a great singing voice.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The live theatre from the 1920's has been renovated and now has a movie screen that shows a first run movie every night at 7:30pm. For an hour starting at 6:30, there is an organist who plays the old organ in the front of the theater. The experience of sitting in the theatre is worth the price of admission.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the island and I found a great package deal which included a walking tour of the casino. It didn't seem that exciting, but thought we would give it a try. I was wrong! The tour was great. Very informative, was great to learn all about the history of the casino and see all of the... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Of two casino tours, this one reveals the sensational fine-acoustics movie theatre in true Art Deco design, and the upstairs ballroom, still largest in the world. Best of all, the old projection equipment remains, a cineaste's delight.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend taking the "Behind the Scenes Tour" of the Catalina Island Casino. This beautiful structure was commissioned by Mr. Wrigley (of chewing gum fame) in the 1920's. The tour begins at the front door underneath the beautiful tile mosaics where you meet your guide. Next, in the Lobby your tour guide provides a little bit of history of... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The "casino" was never a gambling house; rather a magnificent historic movie theater - the first designed for talkies - and a circular ballroom holding 3,000 dancers. The casino attracted Hollywood's finest actors & actresses for live performances since it opened in 1928. The art deco, mediterranean & revival architecture is incredible. Note - the cruise lines won't tell you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We purchased tickets for the behind the scenes tour on Christmas Eve. The tour guide super and provided alot of great info. The way the building was constructed amazed our group. You could just imagine all the stats that visited and performed going back to the 1920's. Must see tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a charm about any Island. On Catalina perhaps the most charming thing we did was to take the 70 minute tour of the Casino. Part of what made it so delightful was our tour guide, who introduced himself as "Frankie from Avalon." The theater, both in the seats, and when viewed from backstage, is a treat. The materials... More 

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