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Avalon Theater

1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Fun Place to See a Movie

The "theater" is the Casino. It was named "The Casino" before a casino was a place to gamble. Years... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2013
Colorado USA
Beautiful Theater!

No wonder Charlie Chaplin used that theater to premiere his films! It's gorgeous! The acoustics in... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2013
Independence, Missouri, United States
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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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1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

The "theater" is the Casino. It was named "The Casino" before a casino was a place to gamble. Years ago they would have shows and other productions. It's a fun place to watch a movie during a stay in Avalon.

2  Thank Kansasboy2011
Reviewed September 27, 2013

No wonder Charlie Chaplin used that theater to premiere his films! It's gorgeous! The acoustics in there are wonderful as well. They keep it clean too, b/c they don't even allow any red wine in there. Only clear liquids when we were there.

Thank Staceofbase13
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Joe, our Tour guide, was so knowledgeable about the history of the Casino. He took us behind the scenes, to the theatre and the ballroom, dressing rooms and projection rooms. We saw the Marine Bar and learned about the many stars who have graced the...More

Thank Katherine J
Reviewed September 19, 2013

so much history! the art originally done in the 20s is incredible and the acoustics are insane. this place is a must see!

Thank Aly F
Reviewed September 11, 2013

I looked at this hotel whole exploring venues for my wedding, while it is far bigger than i could possible need, and a bit pricey, it is so beautiful i was tempted to splurge

Thank Anonymous0720
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The theater is so beautiful, the Art Deco Style is just amazing to see! There is nothing better than settling into a comfortable red cushioned seat with an extra large hot buttered popcorn to watch an American Movie Classic! It was great to see and...More

Thank Caldreameryeah
Reviewed August 28, 2013

You're on Catalina Island anyway, so you have to eat at one of the many excellent restaurants and then hit the Casino for a movie. If for no other reason, the ambiance is worth it. It's a beautiful and well preserved period building that is...More

1  Thank desertclone
Reviewed August 27, 2013

The interior was beautiful. It was like taking a trip back in time. Catch one of the matinees during the week (Tuesdays and Thursdays I think) for a discounted price.

1  Thank Chicago_traveladdict
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We did the Casino tour and found this theater amazing, great history and architectural details. I wished we saw a movie here. Try to catch one when you are in the Island.

1  Thank CloeyLosAngeles_CA
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We took the "behind the scenes tour" and it was well worth it! They tell you about the history and construction of the casino, as well as about Catalina. We got to see all the back rooms and little things were pointed out to us...More

Thank crvd
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it a drama theatre or movie and is anything still play there?
June 24, 2015|
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Response from 2millionmilers | Reviewed this property |
Movie theater and yes it is still open
Do we need to do anything ahead of time for the tour or can we just tour on our own?
April 7, 2015|
Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
We don't offer any self guided tours of the Casino. We offer two guided tours, one is called the Casino Walking Tour and the other is the Behind the Scenes Tour. You can purchase tickets for either tour on our website... More