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Behind the Scenes Casino Tour

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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So glad we finally did it!!!

We've been wanting to do this tour for the last few times we've visited Catalina and we finally... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
ddonati
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Huntington Beach, California
After 43 years of Island travel, I finally took the tour!

Greeted and serenaded by the velvety voice Rebecca, dressed in Red Velvet, we learned quite a bit... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
WeezersWishes
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Tustin, California
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Step back in time 70 years to an era when big band leaders were king and “talkie” motion pictures were the latest fad. Put yourself in the footsteps of the performers and crew who made the Casino one of the most exciting places on earth.The Casino building is a working theater, ballroom, and concert hall to this day. Focusing on the cultural history of the building, this one-of-a-kind tour brings you unprecedented access to backstage areas that very few people are allowed to see; including the "green" room and editing room.
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1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We've been wanting to do this tour for the last few times we've visited Catalina and we finally made it happen! Truly a highlight of the trip. The teens were whining about how long the tour would last and what are we doing afterwards, blah,...More

Thank ddonati
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Greeted and serenaded by the velvety voice Rebecca, dressed in Red Velvet, we learned quite a bit about the Casino that I have never known before. I won't spill the secrets, you will have to take the tour yourself. It's wonderful, and a fun little...More

Thank WeezersWishes
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

So much beauty and history to see at the Casino on Catalina Island. I had no idea until I took the tour and Frankie from Avalon was the absolute best tour guide! He was so knowledgeable and passionate about showing us all of the highlights...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

This is a must see tour when visiting Coronado Island.It was never a gambling hall, but a meeting place. It has a movie theater (current movies) with hand painted Art Deco paintings including 24 carat paint. The acoustics are Phenominal. Upstairs (on the 8th floor)...More

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

We learnt a lot about Avalon and Casino history on this tour. It is pretty amazing to see all the rooms behind the scene that hasn't been modified since its construction. It's really worth the 65 mins it took to see everything.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Frank from Avalon is a top rate tour guide. He dances with the ladies on the dance floor, he allows the guests to sing on the stage and is a wealth of knowledge on the history of the island. I️ will definitely take this tour...More

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Frank gave us an incredible tour of the Casino in Avalon!!! We went for the "wine and cheese" twilight tour" and were so impressed with Frank!!! Having lived on the island since 1959 and having the vast knowledge he possesses of the island history, he...More

Thank ebordo
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Informative and fascinating look at the building and it's history. Guide was knowledgeable and we had the luck of having the grand daughter of Mr Wrigley's right hand man in our entourage and she added some additional insight!

Thank Gene M
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CatalinaSCICo, Guest Relations Manager at Behind the Scenes Casino Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Gene, Thank you for joining us on the Behind the Scenes Tour! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Small group guided tour of the Casino including ballroom and theater. Wow, so much history and beautifully decorated. Our tour guide was an aspiring actress and singer. She serenaded us several times! Highly recommended tour.

Thank Cmon_Blue
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CatalinaSCICo, Guest Relations Manager at Behind the Scenes Casino Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Dear Cmon_blue, Thank you for joining us on the Behind the Scenes Tour! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

We had "Frankie from Avalon" as our tourguide. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable about the building and its history. I particularly appreciated his deep background of the music and arts there, plus his personal history growing up in Avalon. At the end of the...More

Thank Randy T
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CatalinaSCICo, Guest Relations Manager at Behind the Scenes Casino Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Dear Randy, Thank you for joining us on the Behind the Scenes Tour! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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There are nearly no stairs in the Casino. It is a large, but it's built with ramps to get from level to level. The ramps are not very steep to allow many people of all ages and abilities to get to the ball room on the top... More
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