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Catalina Island Casino

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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The iconic Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa...

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.

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Evening at the Movies

Love this nostalgic gem! The Casino is so beautiful and time-treasured! It does have a bit of a musty smell, but I'd rather have that then have them remodel it! I do wish the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Solana Beach, California
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Solana Beach, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this nostalgic gem! The Casino is so beautiful and time-treasured! It does have a bit of a musty smell, but I'd rather have that then have them remodel it! I do wish the seats had a little more leg room.

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Folsom, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wasn't sure about it but it was a highlight for sure. Amazing history and stories by our guide Rebecca. We learned a lot but really enjoyed all that this offered. We did the Behind The Scenes tour and would say, don't skip this on your visit. Hit a couple good hikes in too, Hermit Gulch and airport loop, very good... More 

Thank Bruce C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group guide was Rebecca who even sang for us. Her bubbly personality really made this tour a success.Great views and so much history. If not on a cruise ship, go on a non-cruise day so the groups will be smaller. There were only 9 people on our tour which was just about perfect to fit in some of the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took advantage of the Behind the Scenes Casino Tour and were favorably impressed with the knowledge of our guide, Rebecca. While the tour could only go for a little over an hour, it was still worth the investment. I am hoping the Tour can eventually be extended to at least 90 minutes. Our guide had so much information to... More 

Thank Dan S
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The casino with its self leveling floor and ramps to get up was the greatest. The view out over the harbor was to die for. To think Clark Gable and Carol Lumbard danced the same floor you would be standing on. The movie theatre was so beautiful with its painted walls you do not want to leave. To say this... More 

Thank afriel123
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to take the "behind the scene's tour" of this beautiful landmark. It was well worth the small additional cost. This Art Deco and Mediterranean style building dates back to 1929 when Mr Wrigley had this beautiful $2 million building built in a little over a year. We loved hearing all about the famous people who enjoyed it over... More 

Thank Mychelle F
Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A warm welcome from a historian point of view will help the tourists to understand the history of the island.

Thank Maria M
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is unusual enough to justify the price of tour, otherwise you can only look at it from the outside.

Thank Sparejm
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must visit in Avalon. The 1940's theater on the bottom floor is an American attraction that should be a national treasure. The famous ballroom is on the top floor, which was visited by all the "big bands" of the 30's and 40's, and still feature some these days. Go early to the movie to see if the antique organ... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When on Catalina Island definitely take the time to tour this beautiful building. The theater alone is amazing to see, but oh when you get to the top floor there is more in store! There was a nice littled video shown in the theater that told the story of the history of not only the Catalina Casino, but also about... More 

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