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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom
Ranked #7 of 56 things to do in Avalon
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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.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very nice and interesting place with a lot of history. The grounds were well kept and the staff was Dry helpful and willing to answer any questions.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The museum was very informative. We especially enjoyed the video or the Catalina Island History. We were impressed that the building was built in such a short amount of time. The theater with the star twinkle lights was exquisite. The ballroom was grand and our tour guide very informative.

Thank Susan L
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a wonderful tour of the casino theater and the grand ballroom. Very informative guide. Would lve to attend an event there. The Jazz festial was there when we were.

Thank janet m
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Emily was our tour guide. She was very knowledgable and did a fantastic job! The history behind the casino is very interesting and the theater room and ballroom are amazing. It's only 10 bucks for a 40 minute tour. Great value!

Thank DisneyKinfolk
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Catalina Ballroom is the island's biggest attraction. It sits in the Avalon harbor and begs visitors with its round facade. Yes, it's beautiful. Yes, the tile mosaic of the naked mermaid is iconic. Yes, it's a monument to a time gone by. Yes, you only need to see it once, and really, the tour should have been 15 minutes...at the most. Catalina was, apparently, the place to go on a weekend mini-break back in the 1930's and 40's for Hollywood celebs and non-famous hipsters, but now the island is a party place for oldsters in their boats who call it "The Island." I call it "The Most Boring Place I Can Imagine," but you can decide for yourself. The gift shop at The Casino is nice. They have great postcards and such with retro, art deco designs, and beautiful tile magnets emulating the "Catalina" tile look. Definitely visit since you're there and will virtually have nothing else to do.

Thank Mrs_Kenobi
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