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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-2000

Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes...

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.

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We went on the tour our guide was Paul, he was very knowledgeable, he showed us all about the historic ballroom, past and present. Did you know casino means gathering place,so, no... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
New Mexico
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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the tour our guide was Paul, he was very knowledgeable, he showed us all about the historic ballroom, past and present. Did you know casino means gathering place,so, no gambling!

Thank nmgalaxie
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stepped back into history with our tour of the Catalina Island Casino Ballroom. Built in 1929, it was the place to be for music and dancing through the big-band era. Very informative tour guide highlighted the unique design features, and made history come alive so it was almost possible to hear the sounds of the big bands, and see couples... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Didn't had much time to explore, but could walk up to this building on the sea shore of Catalina Island. Nice & good looking building and it has a movie theater in it apart from the Casino part.

Thank GP_Sunil
Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

What fun it must have been to dine and dance here "back in the day." When we walked through as part of the tour conducted by "Frankie of Avalon," I could just imagine Benny Goodman's orchestra, or Les Brown's "band of renown" playing smooth dance music. Ask for "Frank of Avalon" when you book the tour. He'll teach you to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Must see tour when visiting the island. Our tour guide, Rebecca, was just marvelous and really knew her stuff. She was quite the entertainer as well. Such a beatiful structure built with much to appreciate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

The ballroom was spectacular and very well preserved, a great tribute to William Wrigley, Jr, and all the architects and engineers, as well as workers who made this grand area. The decor was exquisite also, and the tapes of the big band music gave it even more realism.

Thank William P
Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Great place for the Jazz Festival I attended for the first time. Also great views to be enjoyed outside along the balcony surrounding the ballroom. Looking to go again next year!

Thank AntonePC
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

What an unbelievable landmark - it's like stepping back in time. We were lucky enough to be invited to a private event hosted at this beautiful Casino building and it was truly an experience. The views from all around were amazing, the architecture and the nostalgia make this place magical.

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San Pablo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

See my Catalina Casino review. This is definitely a must see when visiting Avalon...absolutely beautiful.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We happened to stumble on to the Jazz festival while on the island and managed to get tickets. The music was fantastic, but the casino takes you back to another time! Magnificent!

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