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“Historic Venue”
Review of Avalon Theater

Avalon Theater
Ranked #9 of 56 things to do in Avalon
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This theater is a real treat to watch a movie in this historic setting. While the picture was digital and the sound good, if you are used to the current stadium seats you might be disappointed, but remember the theater was built in 1929 and is original.

Thank Don R
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

A lot of history at this really special spot. They offer 2 different tours ,one is $32 and one is $5 ,if you are pressed for time,make sure and at least take the $5 ,30 minute tour,which will let you see the huge ballroom upstairs,above the historic theatre

1  Thank Burke W
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Truly it was a kind of perfect storm after we had taken the Backstage Tour of the Casino (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and learned all about the acoustics of this breathtaking theater designed for the, then new, sound movies. So when we went they just happen to be showing "The Artist" which was so apropos that we could barely stand it. We got there an hour early and watched and listened the organist play before the movie and simply soaked up the atmosphere in this truly beautiful, historical theater.

Thank WKDFIRO
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

To be honest, every time I've been to Catalina, the movies playing have been less than awesome. BUT we still love going because it's so beautiful and romantic. It's not every day you get to sit in such a historic theater.

Thank L1ssy
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

This building is not just a theater--it is practically Santa Catalina Island's (and the town of Avalon's) symbol. I didn't actually see a movie here, but I took the "behind the scenes" tour of the building, which included the theater. The Art Deco style building, finished in 1929, has been completed restored. There are gorgeous murals on the walls and ceiling of the theater. The acoustics are so good that Radio City Music Hall in NYC copied the design of the Avalon theater's. There is no gambling at this casino, by the way. Here, the definition of the word "casino" means "gathering place." I recommend you take the tour. There is a shorter one.

Thank Catherine N
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