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Catalina Island Casino

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 877-778-8322
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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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1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 877-778-8322
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Reviewed yesterday

Take the "insider's tour," 90 minutes, to see history - Photos of stars who have appeared there, "green rooms" (dressing rooms), a private viewing room, vintage projectors/projection room etc. FASCINATING history delivered by well-versed - and engaging and humorous - docents, and the beauty, artistry...More

1  Thank bobsacerdo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We signed up for the 11:45 AM tour of the casino and ballroom. Our guide, Frankie from Avalon, was memorable and a gem for knowledge about the island's history, casino's construction and history, and a great ballroom and swing dance teacher. The tour starts outside...More

Thank Ellen B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The casino is the most prominent visual landmark in Avalon and the behind the scenes tour is well worth it to see the insides of the gorgeous building and learn of its history.

Thank Tapave
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the longer behind the scenes 90 minute tour, and it was so cool! Loved it and and it was beautiful. The architecture and what you see from a historical perceptive is just amazing. A must see and highly recommended.

Thank ltlchristine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fabulous tour today with our guide Rebecca. She was knowledgeable and filled with enthusiasm for the building and its history. The casino (a gathering place, not ever a gambling place) is a stunning piece of art deco architecture, in remarkably fantastic shape,...More

Thank KMJackson60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture and a must see attraction when in Catalina. So much history has happened in this building and when you walk through it you are overcome by its vast greatness. Words can’t describe its beauty, it is quite a bit of walking but so...More

Thank FaithA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely must see! The only way is to take a behind the scenes tour. Ours was about 40 minutes, so I wish it had been at least an hour for the price, but it was still definitely worth! The architecture, art, and...More

1  Thank KayMacTravel7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The iconic casino must be seen to be fully appreciated. The guide is knowledgeable, personable, and informative.You won't be disappointed by taking the longer tour. Be sure to make reservations.

Thank bravehearts120
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have viewed pictures of Avalon for years. As such, I was excited when I finally viewed this iconic building, now bathed in LED lights. It's an easy walk from the ferry port. Though I don't gamble, just being at this famous and unique place...More

Thank Eurotraveler110
Reviewed 14 January 2018

This is a dance-hall and theater, not a casino. Beautifully refurbished "casino" that reflects the ambiance of this era. A must to see a movie in the theater and snorkel off the point.

Thank Brigitta C
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18 December 2017|
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Response from diannkay | Reviewed this property |
Don’t think so, but food outside vendor
19 October 2017|
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Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
The Casino Theatre is open year round. We show movies nightly at 7:30 pm. We are currently working on a small restoration project in the theatre, but the theatre is still open. We will occasionally close the theatre for a... More
20 September 2016|
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Response from SMOgal | Reviewed this property |
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