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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0179
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The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino...

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.

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A step back into a beautiful past

A great way to spend an evening on Catalina. Gorgeous, old-fashioned movie theater with colorful art deco murals inside. Some nights, there is an organ player performing an hour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great way to spend an evening on Catalina. Gorgeous, old-fashioned movie theater with colorful art deco murals inside. Some nights, there is an organ player performing an hour before the movie. The seats aren't uncomfortable, but they are not the large modern seats of modern theaters. (Though, really, you can go to those theaters and sit in those seats... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We did the basic tour of this casino (no gambling) on our anniversary trip to Avalon. I would highly recommend! It's a really great way to learn about the history of the island as well as the venue itself. We enjoyed seeing both levels of the building and learning about the process of its contraction. Avalon can get bogged down... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Took the 1:15 tour. Beautiful building. Fun to go backstage to the dressing rooms, into the projection booth to see the antique arc-lamp projectors, and learn the history. Well worth the time and money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Seeing a movie isn't usually on your to do list when visiting Avalon...but this is so beautiful inside and the wind Oregon is amazing if you're lucky enough to be there when the gentleman that plays is around. Very art deco & a beautiful piece of history.

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

The Avalon theater draws your eye wherever you are in Avalon. The movie theater is huge although the seats are kind of uncomfortable. It is an easy walk from anywhere in town.

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing time watching the movie in here. The theater is something definitely worth spending time in.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

It was a nice to be able to go see a movie on the island with the kids in a historic building. The tickets and snacks were reasonably priced. Good times!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Old, eclectic,but we still enjoyed the show here. There was an organ player before the start of the movie. The prices for the popcorn and sofas were not bad. The chairs need to have new foam put in and they need to put cup holders. We had to put our snacks and drinks on the floor.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

I've been to Catalina Island several times, but this was the first tour I had taken of the Avalon Theatre. Maureen, our tour guide, is a former history teacher, and has a wealth of knowledge about Catalina, the Wrigleys, and of course the Wrigley Theatre. The Theatre has the original organ near the stage, and the organist was practicing while... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Go there for the beautiful decorations inside, and just to be able to tell people, "I've been there." As for the movie watching experience, it's not on par with modern theaters (so so seats, smaller screen). Tuesday is $8 vs. $15 other days. But it's not full even on Tuesdays since it's quite large.

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