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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310 510 2000
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Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes...

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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A spectacular space with beautiful original detail and features.

I have never been fortunate to attend an event here but have been up there a few times on the behind the scenes tour they do. It's spectacular and the views from outside along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
BGoddard
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have never been fortunate to attend an event here but have been up there a few times on the behind the scenes tour they do. It's spectacular and the views from outside along the walkway are breathtaking of Avalon. A MUST see thing if you've never been up there.

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Hemet, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The behind the scenes tour is very unique and well worth the time and money. Paul was our tour guide and did an excellent job of making us feel like we were part of the cast preparing for a performance. We were taken into the green room to prepare for a performance and then taken on stage and given the... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Casino Tour is an excellent way to see island architecture and learn about Catalina history. Casino cultural events are fun.

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Thank SMOgal
Anchorage
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We almost skipped this, so glad we didn't! (It's NOT a gambling hall, but a historic building with a fascinating celebrity past) We opted for the 40 minute general tour. We had a little over an hour to kill before the next showing so we continued walking to the Beach Club around the corner. Great place to get a drink... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the "Behind the Scene" tour and got to go inside the Ballroom. WOW, it's beautiful! I would love to come back sometime when an event is going on. Joe was our tour guide, he was awesome and had plenty of information to share with us. This was my favorite part of the tour. They only take a small... More 

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

The ballroom is only open for tours, however a few times a year they do have it open for dances. If you can experience this, book and go, I was not disappointed

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We got to see the Ballroom at the Casino on the Behind the Scenes Tour with Tour Guide Rebecca. It is beautiful and amazing. Imagine 4000 people all at once on the dance floor.

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Thank Suzan B
Grand Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I never knew about Catalina Island until the ship stopped there on a recent cruise excursion. The town is called Avalon and it served as a resort area for Hollywood types back in the day. It has lost that status but still serves as a coastal haven for tourists and locals.

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Thank Carol B
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Take the behind-the-scenes tour and walk on the same ballroom that has hosted hundreds of thousands of celebrities and regular people, and learn great stuff about the history and culture of Catalina Island.

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Thank Ray Q
Aliso Viejo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I've been several times and we visited just recently. They have a movie nightly showing on the bottom floor and a ballroom on the top floor that holds a ridiculous number of ppl

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