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Catalina Island Casino
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Avalon
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Owner description: The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa Catalina Island. On the lower level the building features extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre, which still shows movies on its massive screen.The top level of this 12 story high architectural wonder features the beautiful, world-famous Casino Ballroom, a masterpiece of design and a long-standing venue for the world’s best musical performers and big bands. It is also a popular venue for weddings and special events. The only access to the building is through an exclusive Casino Tour offered through Discovery Tours. Once on the tour you’ll soon understand why many call this the most romantic place in Catalina.
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

What a spectacular building inside and outside! We got married inside this building 25 years ago and on re-visiting for our Silver Wedding Anniversary we did the “Twilight At The Casino” Tour, conducted by “Frankie From Avalon”.

Excellent tour, very informative, a superb opportunity to see this unique, special and wonderful art deco building on the inside and walk around it on the balcony outside. The ‘cinema’ is beautiful, Frankie knows his stuff and is a great tour guide (as well as a lovely gentleman), we had a glass of wine & nibbles in the ballroom and Frankie danced with all the ladies! Lots of other special features on this tour too.

Highly recommend this tour!

Thank Christine R
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The Casino on Catalina Island is the "opera House in Sydney Harbor" - an icon that everyone recognizes. Beautiful to look at with beautiful views. It's also a theater!

Thank ggleofamily
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

We knew we wanted to go to the Casino for a movie as well as the tour behind the scenes the next day. This place is beautiful & built by William Wrigley the chewing gum magnate. It was the very first talking movie theater in the world. The first visit was at night to see The Black Panther. (WE got tickets from the Avalon Grille for going early to dinner). The acoustics are perfect, we learned about that from the tour we did the next day. They were playing Barry White when we arrived & the ticket taker was a very pleasant fellow who gave us lots of information about the building. The murals on the walls are gorgeous & I love the Venus de Milo on the top near the screen. There is a organ which pipes are covered by ornate grills which is played pre-movie on Friday & Saturday nights. The next day we returned for the tour. Our tour guide is Frankie from Avalon & he's a hoot. You can tell he really enjoys his job & he taught the ladies how to swing, after the tour to the top floor, where the ballroom is. This is a very informative tour which covers all the history as well as the different rooms to see where performers would stay before shows. We also visited the Wrigley suite in the Casino where the Wrigley's would entertain. He gave us lots of information about the walnut wood, the gold leaf, the architect & the painters of the murals. It was a very well planned and informative tour.
TIP: If you go to the Catalina Island Museum, which I highly recommend, you get $2.00 off your ticket for the tours of the Casino.

Thank Lexibelle
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This is a must visit for ANYONE that visits Catalina Island. I was fortunate to visit Catalina Casino and watch a "scary/action" movie one night...by myself. The walk back to my B&B was done at a much faster pace. Must see!

Thank Brent T
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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Do not miss your opportunity to visit the Casino. The theatre shows first-run movies, with a free organ concert on Friday and Saturday nights. The historic auditorium is gorgeous, featuring Art Deco murals depicting the history of California, and twinkling stars on the domed ceiling.

If you get a chance, take the "Casino By Twilight Tour" for the opportunity to tour the theatre and the world-famous Avalon Ballroom. We were lucky enough to have "Frankie, From Avalon" as our guide and it's clear he loves his job - and the Casino.

Thank stevie8
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