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Behind the Scenes Casino Tour

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 800-626-1496

Step back in time 70 years to an era when big band leaders were king and...

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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Not a casino at all!

If you love Art Deco, do not miss out on seeing this beautiful theater. The artwork is breathtaking and our tour guide was fabulous. She even sang us the song, I met my love in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sanger, California
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Sanger, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love Art Deco, do not miss out on seeing this beautiful theater. The artwork is breathtaking and our tour guide was fabulous. She even sang us the song, I met my love in Avalon. My only suggestion would be to extend the tour to 1 hour, it felt kind of rushed and to have your ticket lady greet... More 

Thank Cricket0123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on shore from our cruise. Rebecca not only provided insightful and interesting information about history and architecture , but also demonstrated acoustical capability of the theater by singing city team song. I will definitely recommend her as a tour guide to my friends visiting Catalina.

Thank VeroVAV
Carson, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paul provided us an insightful behind the scenes view of the Casino. It is a beautiful, architectural wonder. We enjoyed the tour!

Thank sdeure
California, United States
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369 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We were only 4 people on the last tour of the day. Our Guide was extremely knowledge-able. We began in the dressing rooms and behind the stage of the theatre. We stood on the stage as the curtain was raised. There was a short video we watched while sitting in the theatre and then the guide demonstrated the amazing acoustics.... More 

Thank Reginald S
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The behind the scenes tour was sooo great, and Frank made it such fun. Not sure exactly how many of his prolific stories about himself were true, but if 25% were, he has such a rich Catalina Island history. The tour should NOT be missed. We went on a Monday afternoon so there were only 7 of us. He took... More 

Thank avakianj
Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This was really cool. Frankie from Avalon- not to be confused with the other Frankie was great. He clearly loves doing the tour and wants to share his knowledge. He was able to give his real life experiences being here back in the day into the tour for an added personal touch. The Casino and its history are amazing. The... More 

Thank amranja
Costa Mesa, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We were greeted by the fabulous Rebecca our docent. She welcomed us before we were even able to enter the building. She was an elegant women dressed in her 20's attire ready to welcome us into the magic that is called the Catalina Casino. We were welcomed in to the theater first with it's perfect acoustics and the original pipe... More 

Thank Vikki817
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

My wife and I did this tour in August '16. The Casino, not the gambling kind, has a rich history and is a beautiful monument to a bygone era. Rebecca was our tour guide and she was Excellent!! Not only did she know detailed history but she sang some which added to the tour. Plus she is a fantastic lady.

Thank Bob M
Phoenix, Arizona
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

First of all, What a Beautiful Building. From the fantastic ballroom (check out the original wooden floor) to the first movie theater built for "talkies", to the Art Deco motif carried throughout you will not be disappointed. Secondly, What a History Tour that will take you from the 30's to the Present. From the Wrigley's to every movie star to... More 

Thank AlanandDonna
Aptos, CA
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Fun way to spend an hour. This tour is a little more expensive then the other one but going back stage and seeing the antiques definitely made it worth it. Our tour guide was informative and interesting.

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