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“Nostalgic and gorgeous”
Review of Avalon Theater

Avalon Theater
Ranked #9 of 56 things to do in Avalon
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 23 June 2014

I went on a tour earlier on my first visit and learned of the history and background which was very interesting and beautiful. In the evening I went to see the movie - Maleficent, and there was an organ concert before the showing. A lovely surprise, to hear the organist playing not only Disney themes but a bit like I would imagine would have been played for silent movies. I understand that is an authentic organ that was used for silent film. Very elegant and beautifully architecture. Highly recommend

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Huge 1200 seat theater with state of the art media AND original Art Deco murals of Spanish missionaries, Native Americans and wildlife adorning the walls, plus an organ recital before the show instead of previews and ads:)

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We saw a movie here. Hated the movie, loved the experience. The theater is stunning, and we enjoyed the pre-show organ concert.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We were on Cataina Isand the weekend between Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend and learned there was a Silent Film Benefit going on. (Though the theatre normally shows 1st run movies.) It was actually the 27th annual, with proceeds benefiting the Avalon Museum -- an interesting little place in the same building. We went since we wanted to see the theatre -- but we got SO much more than a normal film experience! As the museum's largest fundraiser, they had engaged a 40-piece LIVE orchestra to "narrate" Charlie Chaplin's "Bright Lights" (a charming film!), and the glorious room, which feels smaller than it appears in photos, charmed everyone with it's original Art Deco trees and trumpeting centaurs -- all for $18. Perhaps the MOST fun was that the L.A. Art Deco Society was holding a ball that evening upstairs and anyone who came to the silent film in costume was granted half-price admission, so the town was filled with people in 1920s costume, making one feel as if you could be rubbing shoulders with Daisy Buchanan or Chaplin (who did frequent the island in his time and watch movies there). It's an ANNUAL held the same weekend each year (2015 will be Lon Chaney's "Phantom of the Opera"!). Get your white linen and straw hats and GO!

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We attended the Silent Film Festival and it was delightful! The orchestra brought this silent film to life! Looking forward to next year!

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