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Avalon Theater

1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Historic theatre --- movie time

We enjoyed seeing "Sing" here --- scenery around is historic and enjoyed walking around it and in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Midlothian, Texas
via mobile
Movie night

Beautiful! Saw a movie and we were very entertained by the organ music. Found out that there are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tonia T
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The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino building. It was built in 1929 as one of the first theaters designed for talking movies. The original Page organ still is played before the movies on Friday-Sunday nights. The theater features first-run movies, seats 1,184 people, is 138 feet across and 43 feet high. Art deco murals by John Gabriel Beckman (designed the artwork in the Grauman's Chinese Theater)adorn the walls and create a glamorous ambiance.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed seeing "Sing" here --- scenery around is historic and enjoyed walking around it and in it -- walk to theatre is also really neat -- only negative is screen is small for such a big theatre -- but again fun place with great...More

1  Thank Hibby922
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful! Saw a movie and we were very entertained by the organ music. Found out that there are only 4 of this type of organs in the world. Amazing performance. Good movie too!

Thank Tonia T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture & a charming tour guide who even taught the ladies to swing dance at the end in the grand ballroom. We loved seeing the inside of the casino & hearing all about the history of Catalina & the Casino (gathering place). It's truly...More

Thank afouquette
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Must see! The architecture...iconic historic building. Theater seating is OLD, cramped and truly NOT comfortable; but, look around and the pain is totally worth it.

Thank AdamsLoveToTravel
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I mainly wanted to see this marvelous deco theater inside so I went to a movie. I've been in many old and restored theaters but this one is among the finest you will ever see. They do not call it restored because it has always...More

Thank Larry F
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This building is awe-inspiring and the tour was excellent. We took the behind the scenes tour. Our guide was so passionate about the buildings future and past and very knowledgeable. It's on our bucket list to go back to Catalina Island for New Years Eve...More

Thank Roger R
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

OK so my boyfriend and I decided to go to canceling Island for the day. We have never been and so we were looking forward to this. We went to the theater and saw a movie. It was really very interesting with the organ player....More

1  Thank ladc2001
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This is the coolest way to spend your evening :)) seats are comfy enough and the painting on the ceiling is breath taking.. Usually they show one movie at a time and if you are lucky, you get to hear the organ. We loved it...More

Thank Faranak M
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Worth just paying the money to walk in and see it. The acoustics are interesting too. Depending on where you sit, you can hear other people talking far away as if they are right next to you. So beware.

Thank 182AnneN
Reviewed 26 August 2016

I LOVE seeing films inside the Casino and make a point to every time I'm on island. The architecture, the amazing art deco murals and the spectacular sound within the theatre is something to behold.

1  Thank BGoddard
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it a drama theatre or movie and is anything still play there?
25 June 2015|
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Response from 2millionmilers | Reviewed this property |
Movie theater and yes it is still open
Do we need to do anything ahead of time for the tour or can we just tour on our own?
8 April 2015|
Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
We don't offer any self guided tours of the Casino. We offer two guided tours, one is called the Casino Walking Tour and the other is the Behind the Scenes Tour. You can purchase tickets for either tour on our website... More