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Avalon Theater

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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One of a kind

In addition to the one-of-a-kind, highly ornate maritime murals on the walls of the theater, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
William M
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Boston, Massachusetts
Definitly worth a trip! But don't expect to gamble!

When I got to Catalina I was really excited about all that the island had to offer. Its off season... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
Brandy R
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“organ music” (12 reviews)
“movie night” (5 reviews)
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1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
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+1 310-510-0179
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In addition to the one-of-a-kind, highly ornate maritime murals on the walls of the theater, the vacation town crowd that generally comes to the movies here has a friendly, festive vibe. This enhances the viewing experience, whatever film happens to be showing. And you cannot...More

Thank William M
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

When I got to Catalina I was really excited about all that the island had to offer. Its off season so I was really looking forward to spending a late night out at the casino. Therefore, I want to be clear with anyone who had...More

3  Thank Brandy R
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Huge theater with great murals....and a organist playing before the show starts.....Sophie Tucker wasn't there!!!! We enjoyed a movie in this movie theater that still keeps the flavor of the 30's/40's.......Only one movie shows so you have no choice, but we wanted to see the...More

Thank Love vacation time
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

This amazing theater is located in the Casino of Catalina Island. We had a tour in the casino, and had a chance to watch an informative documentary film about the Casino's history in this beautiful theater. The theater is still operating, hosting film screenings and...More

Thank Lalaki-Papaki
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Dear Lalaki, Thank you for choosing the Casino Tour. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Andrew General Manager

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful theater with an old school feel. Elegant design and historical feel to the expansive one room theater. We arrived early and were entertained by the organist for approximately 30 minutes before the film began. There is a small snack bar, but not a huge...More

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 31 May 2017 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
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 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
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

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
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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.

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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

1  Thank Larry F
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RoanePrince
25 June 2015|
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Response from 2millionmilers | Reviewed this property |
Movie theater and yes it is still open
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nicof617
8 April 2015|
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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
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