Catalina Island Casino
Catalina Island Casino
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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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  • Reed
    Orlando, Florida2,431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool to see!
    Visiting the Catalina Island Casino while in Avalon is a must do at least once. It’s an absolutely beautiful and interesting building from a long ago era and it’s well maintained. If you do a self guided tour there isn’t much in the way of informational signage to learn more about the history, but it’s still cool to see. There are even interesting old-timey bathrooms on the upper levels that are worth checking out. It’s a bit pricey and you likely won’t spend more than an hour walking around.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Gamela
    533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Grand experience.
    I highly recommend a visit to this historical building. I would recommend you do a guided tour as there is just so much interesting history attached to this amazing place.. We thoroughly enjoyed all the Art Deco decor and sitting in the grand theatre watching old movies. The ballroom as well is certainly grand and must have been very special crowded with dancers in its heyday. The views from the circular verandah at the top of the building were quite spectacular. A must do when visiting Catalina Island.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 March 2024
  • perrypickerign
    183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The History of Catalina Island Casino
    You cannot visit Catalina Island without seeing the Casino. The Casino is intertwined with the history of Catalina Island. Built by the Wrigley's who purchased the entire Island in 1919. The Casino is a gathering place and to my knowledge has never officially had any gambling. It hold a luxurious movie theater that has seating for thousands and according to curators it was the first sound theater in the world. It still has an organ for silent pictures and it still shows movies. Perhaps on a rainy evening you may wish to take in a movie. Above the theater, according to the curators, is the largest circular ballroom in the world. It is beautiful with balconies and wonderful views all the way around. Catalina Island has been used to shoot scenes from more than 200 movies and from the 1920s on had been a favorite travel destination and playground for many Hollywood stars.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 April 2024
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perrypickerign
183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
You cannot visit Catalina Island without seeing the Casino. The Casino is intertwined with the history of Catalina Island. Built by the Wrigley's who purchased the entire Island in 1919. The Casino is a gathering place and to my knowledge has never officially had any gambling. It hold a luxurious movie theater that has seating for thousands and according to curators it was the first sound theater in the world. It still has an organ for silent pictures and it still shows movies. Perhaps on a rainy evening you may wish to take in a movie. Above the theater, according to the curators, is the largest circular ballroom in the world. It is beautiful with balconies and wonderful views all the way around. Catalina Island has been used to shoot scenes from more than 200 movies and from the 1920s on had been a favorite travel destination and playground for many Hollywood stars.
Written 22 April 2024
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Christina G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Casino is beautiful. The ballroom is impressive. Sesilia was a great host. She really seemed to enjoy sharing all the information she has learned about the Casino and its history.
Written 4 April 2024
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Gamela
Santiago533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I highly recommend a visit to this historical building. I would recommend you do a guided tour as there is just so much interesting history attached to this amazing place..

We thoroughly enjoyed all the Art Deco decor and sitting in the grand theatre watching old movies. The ballroom as well is certainly grand and must have been very special crowded with dancers in its heyday.

The views from the circular verandah at the top of the building were quite spectacular. A must do when visiting Catalina Island.
Written 14 March 2024
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Reed
Orlando, FL2,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visiting the Catalina Island Casino while in Avalon is a must do at least once. It’s an absolutely beautiful and interesting building from a long ago era and it’s well maintained. If you do a self guided tour there isn’t much in the way of informational signage to learn more about the history, but it’s still cool to see. There are even interesting old-timey bathrooms on the upper levels that are worth checking out. It’s a bit pricey and you likely won’t spend more than an hour walking around.
Written 11 November 2023
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Maria 🪷
Los Angeles, CA129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous building! It’s a short tour with a few interesting tops along the way. My favorite part was viewing the ocean and island through the windows—it felt like looking through a “real life picture frame.” It’s definitely a one-time trip for me, but it’s a nice walk especially if you’re with older people.
Written 27 October 2023
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Salvatore M
NY86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Must see if your a history fan. We took a tour of the casino, which is not a casino by the modern definition, the history is amazing. Highlight of our trip.
Written 9 October 2023
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Karen T
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The tour was amazing!! Loved to hear all the history about how and when this beautiful place was built! Thank you!! ❤️
Written 14 September 2023
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JBentraveler
Fort Walton Beach, FL728 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The casino gathering building is quite nice inside, but be prepared to walk. The ramp leading around the floors and exterior can be long. The interior cosmetically is very nice and the ambience is beautiful.
Do go outside to see the bay and the water view. It took about 1 hour in the unguided tour,
Written 10 July 2023
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CHews
Chelmsford, UK290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The guided tour is well worth the cost. Information overload certainly but what a fascinating place and some great stories from the guide.
Written 26 June 2023
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Colin F
Toronto, Canada1,175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
It may seem overrated but there's something about this place - whether it's the Art Deco style, the history, the setting or the people - that just makes this landmark wonderful to check out.
Written 27 March 2023
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