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Avalon Theater

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Address: 1 Casino Way (The Casino), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
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+1 310-510-0179

The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino...

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.

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Avalon Theater

the theater is all about history many ,famous people have sat right where We did.The way the Wrigleys built this building is great.

Reviewed 29 October 2013
Littleton, Colorado
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Littleton, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

the theater is all about history many ,famous people have sat right where We did.The way the Wrigleys built this building is great.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I went here with a friend on 9/15/13 and had such a nice time. This movie theater brought me back to my childhood and the movie theaters that I used to go to w/my parents in Boston. The plush burgandy seats with patterned carpeting, murals on the walls and stars on the ceiling...!! Quite nice.!! Had popcorn which was very... More 

Thank Carol K
Cool, California
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I always like going in here, it's like going back in time. It's beautiful, the old organ playing is a treat. It's an engineering miracle.

Thank Pam A
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

To be able to experience a movie in this grand theater is fun. The grand old of yesteryear. The acoustics is fantastic and when you stop to think that this building was built in 1929 is amazing. On the weekends there is an organ that plays for an hour before the movie begins which is a bonus. Being able to... More 

Thank snookiet
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

A very impressive building well worth the "Behind the Scenes" tour. As a bonus you get a great view of the harbour from the top floor.

Thank acgardiner
Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Beautiful, old fashioned theater. Great place to see The Godfather. Price is right. Everyone was taking pictures of the wall murals.

Thank Anita S
Colorado USA
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

The "theater" is the Casino. It was named "The Casino" before a casino was a place to gamble. Years ago they would have shows and other productions. It's a fun place to watch a movie during a stay in Avalon.

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Independence, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

No wonder Charlie Chaplin used that theater to premiere his films! It's gorgeous! The acoustics in there are wonderful as well. They keep it clean too, b/c they don't even allow any red wine in there. Only clear liquids when we were there.

Thank Staceofbase13
Citrus Heights
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Joe, our Tour guide, was so knowledgeable about the history of the Casino. He took us behind the scenes, to the theatre and the ballroom, dressing rooms and projection rooms. We saw the Marine Bar and learned about the many stars who have graced the halls of this magnificent building. We learned about the architecture of the building, which was... More 

Thank Katherine J
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

so much history! the art originally done in the 20s is incredible and the acoustics are insane. this place is a must see!

Thank Aly F

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