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“Absolute history before your eyes.”

Catalina Island Casino Ballroom
Ranked #8 of 55 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.
Brownwood, Texas
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14 reviews
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“Absolute history before your eyes.”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

As a fan of the music from the 3o's I could almost hear the bands playing. Made us want to dance. Well worth the time and to understand the history of the building.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
“More than meets the eye”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Fascinating look at the history and architecture. Well worth it at the special price we paid. Regular price is a bit steep but the place is so neat.

Visited April 2013
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Redondo Beach, California
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14 reviews
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“Classic Beauty”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Catalina Casino is a landmark that most tourists would say identifies Avalon Bay. I'm so glad that it has been well kept for younger generations to come and enjoy the history that makes it an intriguing tourist attraction.

Visited April 2013
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Simi Valley, California
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“So Beautiful”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

This whole building is one of the wonders of California. Take the tour so you can see the whole thing and hear the history behind it's creation. It's a marvel. I would LOVE to come back for one of the Dances in the Ballroom.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing Casino- BUT Way Too rush in the Tour.”
Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Amazing Casino- BUT we had same experience as previous reviewer on Feb 27th. It started at 2p and ended at 224- that included short talk up front, in theater, hike all the way to the top, and then few minutes out on balcony. Second girl running tour was rude as she wouldnt let us even stop and look at pictures along hallways. She told us that pictures were also down in museum and that we needed to go pay to look at them there- and it was $3 to get in with the ticket stub.
Self guided would be better as the ballroom and theater are spectacular!

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