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Avalon Theater
Ranked #4 of 57 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 March 15, 2014

This is a stupendous theatre, but the 1/2 hour tour is way too short to study the fabulous frescos. We didn't see the curtain or hear the organ which was a pity...but one can imagine!

Thank G D
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Our guide was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. This magnificent building is awe inspiring. Great tour.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

This theater was like stepping back in time. The seats were intricately painted, there is a huge old organ which gets played at certain times by a local. The ceiling and side walls have breathtaking décor and old painting.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

The walking tour of the casino was great. The theatre was the first built for sound in the United States and is a true wonder. The ballroom was very impressive. It felt like walking into a different era. The building itself is a true marvel. I would highly recommend for film/history/architecture enthusiasts. If that isn't your thing you might be bored.

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Very historic and the murals and lighting are beautiful. Nice restoration and the movies are cheap. Feature films, plus I saw the old "Bullitt" with Steve MacQueen for $5!

Thank Kathy D
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