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“Gorgeous place with great acoustics”

Catalina Island Casino Ballroom
Ranked #6 of 57 things to do in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Austin, Texas
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Gorgeous place with great acoustics”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We attended Jazztrax here and the acoustics were great. We had a great view from a table on the second level. The first night, the service was very slow, but on subsequent nights, it was great. There are many ramps to climb to get to the ballroom so not for the faint-of-heart. Great piece of history!

Visited October 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Iconic building must also be seen from the inside.”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

A visit to Catalina will not be complete until you have seen the inside of the Casino.

It is one of the reasons the island attracted the celebrities it used to. The building was and still is the primary marketing reason one would come to Catalina, to enjoy the resort and dance the night away in a glorious decor of glamour.

The art deco style of the wall and ceiling paintings has a maritime theme that is just right for Catalina. There is none of the baroque excess of the European style. But the mahogany wood panels and the deep red of the carpet and seats exudes a sense of supreme luxury and splendor.

Add to the design an excellent detail for acoustics and it is hard to find a better architectural equal for its days. If you are used to today's multiplex theaters, the Casino will make you long for the days when beauty was beauty and glamour was not debased
into suburban junk.

Go see for yourself and demand more from today's dull, Lego-block architects.

Visited October 2012
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la la
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2012

brian culbertson and jullian vaughn concert was excellent. held in the historic ballroom the venue has exquisite sound and beauty wrapped in an oceanfront setting. it may have also helped that i had front row vip seating but really there is not a bad seat in the place.the chairs are comfortable and lighting great. i highly recommend.

Visited October 2012
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SoCal, USA
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great tour”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We took the short $10 tour of the Casino Ballroom & Theater and just loved it. The theater is unbelieveably beautiful and interesting. The ballroom was historical & the views of the harbor great. I want to return & see a movie/ listen to the organ one day. The museum that is attached to the Casino was very interesting too. The walk to the ballroom is a little steep but we all made it. The tour guide was hilarious. I wish they had a tour that was a little longer so you could actually walk around and look at the theater more.

Visited October 2012
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Simi Valley, California
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53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Beautiful old ballroom”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We saw Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Avalon Ballroom as part of a Jazz Festival. So much history, lots of old pictures and posters from earlier eras and apparently even a "ghost" who frequents the ballroom on occasion. The lighting and decor was stunning and the band was the best as always.

Visited October 2012
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