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Avalon Theater

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
+1 310-510-0179
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Amazing Experience

The ambiance in the theater is amazing. It would be excellent, but the seats are dated and the... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2013
Barak B
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Temecula, California
Theater Tour

We did the 30-minute tour and it was all we needed to see the main highlights of the old... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2013
Missheidi
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Anaheim, California
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
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+1 310-510-0179
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

The ambiance in the theater is amazing. It would be excellent, but the seats are dated and the sound is not at the same level of newer theaters. However, if a movie is playing that you have any desire to see while in Avalon, this...More

Thank Barak B
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

We did the 30-minute tour and it was all we needed to see the main highlights of the old Casino/Theater. Enjoyed it very much and the 2-hour tour would have been overkill for us!

Thank Missheidi
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

So beautiful. A special experience. Great sound and you feel like you are stepping back in time. You just have to see a movie here. Or better yet, movie and a tour of the entire casino. Yep, do that.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

This former casino, turned multi purpose attraction (theater, museum etc) is a charming landmark visible when you approach Catalina (Avalon) island. It is an easy, flat surface walk from the pier and worth checking out even if you don't go inside. The ocean side of...More

1  Thank Gabby92399
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

The theater area was amazing. Beautiful murals with lights on ceiling. It's like walking back in time. We got our popcorn and drink and took the whole experience. A must go see. Heard they do tours but haven't done the tour.

1  Thank Welsheyes
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The Casino and theater are a must do in Catalina. The lobby and interior of the theater are filled with beautiful murals of the sea. You won't get the "stadium recliner seating" as in theaters of today but a trip down memory lane for how...More

1  Thank movinout
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

My son and I attended when "Inception" came out. The theater is beautiful, historic, and inexpensive. The only thing I didn't like were that the seats were too close together, barely any leg room, and the seats sat straight up. Inception was 3 hours long...More

1  Thank Brandee L
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Take the tour of the theater and ballroom if you can...this is a unique and wonderful place designed by Chicago architects and used as the model for Radio City Music Hall. Views from balcony outside ballroom are stunning. Easy walk from center of Avalon.

1  Thank SadieMT
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is a Must Do while in Avalon. The history is fascinating, the architecture is beautiful, but the tour is very short. You get to see the theater (gorgeous), where they show you a short film and you are taken to see the ballroom. The...More

1  Thank OCAngel
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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.

Thank DLMRF2013
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RoanePrince
25 June 2015|
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Response from 2millionmilers | Reviewed this property |
Movie theater and yes it is still open
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nicof617
8 April 2015|
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Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
We don't offer any self guided tours of the Casino. We offer two guided tours, one is called the Casino Walking Tour and the other is the Behind the Scenes Tour. You can purchase tickets for either tour on our website... More
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