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Catalina Island Casino
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Ranked #4 of 56 things to do in Avalon
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

A protected marine park is at the Catalina Island Casino (Casino Point). There are stairs that lead down into the water, which is awesome during high tide. Not so awesome in low tide; however better than crawling over the rocks. A very large grouper calls this park home. Wander around to the right to find the Jacques Cousteau memorial plaque. Venture around to find the two wrecks that are hidden within it's boundaries.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Such a pretty building, iconic in every way. The tours are only at set times, so be sure you get that sorted out before you walk all the way down there and then get disappointed to find out you just missed it (like we did).

1  Thank TravlingAZGirl
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

The beautiful Casino (not a gambling casino) is a must-see. Before you enter the building you will find great tilework and paintings in the arched entryway. There are spectacular Art Deco paintings and architectural details inside the theatre, and the walnut paneling in the lobby is amazing. They show one movie a week, and if the movie interests you in the slightest I recommend you buy a ticket. Go an hour early to the movie on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and you will be treated to a man playing the pipe organ in the front of the theater. You can also tour the casino, there are two available, we've only gone on the shorter casino tour that costs $10, which includes the impressive second floor ballroom.

1  Thank Gilbert00
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Had a wonderful time in Catalina, took the golf cart ride for a 1 hr trip around the island. Walked the tourist area and enjoyed ice cream cones before catching the tender back to the ship.

1  Thank moryan67
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

It has been awhile since we visited the Island. It has a wonderful and quaint village, it is so enjoyable to walk about the area.
the Beautiful Building that is now a "casino" was attended by my parents in the 30's, and my brother took his date there for their Prom dance in the 40's. All the Big Bands played there. It was a grand place in it's day. We plan on going again in September I would love to see the Wrigley grounds, I hear the gardens are beautiful, the best way to see the attractions is to rent a golf cart, if you go with another couple the cost is not bad. I will update you when I get back.

1  Thank Joann M
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