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Catalina Island Casino

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 877-778-8322

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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The casino is an architect delight. It is very historical. We viewed a movie while on our visit to the island. I also understand that it is haunted. The organ player was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hesperia, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people are disappointed that this is not a gambling Casino. When we were there in early November it was under construction and all the doors were locked at 4PM. So not sure if it was closed for the day or just under construction.

1 Thank Joyce P
Hesperia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The casino is an architect delight. It is very historical. We viewed a movie while on our visit to the island. I also understand that it is haunted. The organ player was very interesting as he played music before the movie began. The walk to the casino was amazing by the shore.

Thank ladc2001
Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really glad we took the shorter tour. Wish we had had time for the longer one. Young people be bored

Thank All4Peace
Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always assumed the Casino was a gambling attraction to draw people to Catalina. Not so. Casino is an Italian term for 'a gathering place'. The interior is a classical working movie theater and the first theater to show a talking movie. The whole building, inside and out is quite classy. Tours are available for a fee.

1 Thank Bill H
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We paid $12 each (seniors price) for the Casino Walking Tour (including $2 off the $5 admission price to the Museum in Metropole Street) and it was unbelievable value for what we were given. We bought our tickets on the pier but you can also buy them at the box office at the Casino itself, We would have liked to... More 

Thank Survey54
Sandy, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved learning about how the building was built and seeing its architecture. Definitely a must see when on the island!

Thank Holly1770
Merced, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning, beautiful, terrific tour guide. Great information. The ballroom takes you back to the good ole days when you can imagine dancing amongst the wealthy.

Thank Stephanie H
Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Te most recognizable landmark on the island, It is large, ornate, and a fun venue for adults. Was at a dance contest there, took 2nd place

Thank Norma W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Beautiful venue. No AC :) If you are not in shape to walk the incline, better look for the elevator.

Thank Jo Ann T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

The behind the scenes your of the Avalon Casino was wonderful. Our guide Was Frankie from Avalon. He was informative and humorous. The casino is a magnificent monument from the early 1900s. Great history and tribute to Wtigley, Jr. Well worth the time and money.

Thank William P

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