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Avalon Theater

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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
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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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I sang at the Avalon Theatre!

This building is awe-inspiring and the tour was excellent. We took the behind the scenes tour. Our guide was so passionate about the buildings future and past and very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Roger R
Fort St John
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Fort St John
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This building is awe-inspiring and the tour was excellent. We took the behind the scenes tour. Our guide was so passionate about the buildings future and past and very knowledgeable. It's on our bucket list to go back to Catalina Island for New Years Eve and dance in the beautiful and romantic ball room. If you like history, you will... More 

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Hesperia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OK so my boyfriend and I decided to go to canceling Island for the day. We have never been and so we were looking forward to this. We went to the theater and saw a movie. It was really very interesting with the organ player. I took a lot of pictures and I absolutely got some energy flashes and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

This is the coolest way to spend your evening :)) seats are comfy enough and the painting on the ceiling is breath taking.. Usually they show one movie at a time and if you are lucky, you get to hear the organ. We loved it ... It's a must see when in Catalina 🙈

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Worth just paying the money to walk in and see it. The acoustics are interesting too. Depending on where you sit, you can hear other people talking far away as if they are right next to you. So beware.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

I LOVE seeing films inside the Casino and make a point to every time I'm on island. The architecture, the amazing art deco murals and the spectacular sound within the theatre is something to behold.

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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