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Historic and Iconic Ballroom

The historic " Casino" never actually a casino is an art Deco masterpiece full of history. Arrange... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
459jamesp459
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Breath Taking!

Attended JazzTrax Jazz Festival on October 12-15. This Venue is CLASSY and CAPTIVATING. Full... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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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...more
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The historic " Casino" never actually a casino is an art Deco masterpiece full of history. Arrange to take a tour or attend one of the many events held there . We particularly like the Jazztrax festival held the first two weeks of October.

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Thank you for your review, James! We are looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Attended JazzTrax Jazz Festival on October 12-15. This Venue is CLASSY and CAPTIVATING. Full Breathtaking views of the surrounding Marina and Cove where Avalon is located. Open doors to the Balcony that wraps itself around the venue. And a Full Bar on the outskirts to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank you your review on our venue! Happy to hear that you enjoyed JazzTrax and we would love to invite you to join us on one of our historical Casino tours.

Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Still the premier venue for smooth jazz. The elegant ballroom has a wonderful view of Avalon and descanso beach from the balcony A nice dedicated walking path from downtown brings you right to the casino. No gambling, but a lot of history in this place.

Date of experience: October 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Glad that you had a great experience at JazzTrax, Jeff, and that you enjoyed our beautiful venue!

Reviewed September 22, 2018

You cannot go to Avalon and not visit the Casino. Take the tour and go see a movie if you can! Highly recommend the Behind The Scenes Tour.

Date of experience: September 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Thank you for your review! Please come back and visit us again soon!

Reviewed September 16, 2018

Tour was a waste of time and money. i would find another activity. The movie shown about the ballroom was pretty good but we found the rest a complete bore. If you are looking for a Casino, there isn't one.

Date of experience: July 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience, Jay. We would love to help you plan an itineray that best suits your needs. Please reach out to us at social@scico.com and we would be more than happy to assist you.

Reviewed September 3, 2018

This is a total joke! A huge waste of money! Half the time is spent with him dancing with each girl. The other half is spent on how he hit a home run with a 19 year old as a 13 year old. A complete...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Which of our Casino tours did you take? We are so sorry to hear about your experience and would appreicate it if you would reach out to us at social@scico.com for further discussion.

Reviewed August 23, 2018

I’ve been wanting to come here since I was a child. So my expectations were high. We visited and toured it. If there wasn’t a guide I would’ve been beyond disappointed. The outside of the building is the best part. Not a lot to see.More

Date of experience: September 2017
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2018

Thank you for joining us on one of our Casino Tours! We agree that it would be difficult walking through the Casino without a guide because they provide so much history and background that you wouldn't get on your own. So happy that you finally...More

Reviewed August 11, 2018

The history of this beautiful building is full of wonderful stories of Hollywood and other famous people attending "The Casino" in the day! It stands 89 years old but perfectly still in structural condition. This was built by Wrigley just before talkies. The theater is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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CatalinaICO, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2018

Thank you for joining us on our Casino Tour, Julie! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on Catalina Island and look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Reviewed July 31, 2018

Yes if the walls could talk you would be regaled of stories when Hollywood really did have stars, and the architecture is still well preserved but that is not the secret of the casino. They show movies here and various exhibits and activities that might...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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CatalinaSCICo, Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2018

Thank you for your review, Michael! We have several Casino tours which really go into detail about the history. You can visit our website at www.visitcatalinaisland.com/activities-adventures/catalina-casino to learn more about our full tour schedule.

Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Our guide was so terrific he took time to allow you to feel each room and enjoy it it’s amazing how they construct the casino from the bottom to the top dance floor it was so exciting!More

Date of experience: July 2018
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CatalinaSCICo, Public Relations Manager at Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

trustitl, It's so good to hear you enjoyed your time with your guide! That building has a ton of history, it's one of my favorite places on the island and I'm glad you had a good time learning more about it. Come dance with us...More

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Response from Brian G | Reviewed this property |
The Casino pipe organ is massive. Very similar to the Spreckles pipe organ in Balboa Park San Diego. I did not get any photos but the often do concerts for the public.
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