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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

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Address: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-2000
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Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes...

Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay.

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This isn't any casino you've ever seen

When they say Casino, most of us think Vegas...Catalina Island Casino ballroom was built in the mid 1920's by the Wrigley, think gum, family as a gathering place, which is what... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2014
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Des Moines, IA
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Des Moines, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014

When they say Casino, most of us think Vegas...Catalina Island Casino ballroom was built in the mid 1920's by the Wrigley, think gum, family as a gathering place, which is what casino means here. Think all over the top Moorish architecture mixed in with Art Deco, you get the ideal. Views of the bay from the top floor are great... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

I loved the design of the ballroom and it's history past and present. Loved our time there, I loved going there for movie night and wish we could spend more time .

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Thank LovingLife59
Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

We attended the last night of the jazz festival. The ballroom was flowing full with beautiful music, fresh ocean air and overwhelming beauty. This was the first night of our vacation and it set the tone of the beautiful, unforgettable moments experienced all week long.

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

We saw Dave Koz the place was rocking, great time. We had no problem getting tickets the place is huge, they sell food and drinks.

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Thank Janice K
Simi Valley, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

We went to the Catalina Jazz Trax in the beautiful Art Deco Ballroom in the Casino. I was looking up at the ceiling and at the details on the floors and side walls. It does get a little warm inside, so I got some air outside on the balcony and had a view of the Harbor on one side and... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2014

This wonderful building is worth a tour, or attendance at an event or movie. I can't say enough about this fabulous space. There's so much history here; be sure to take one of the guided tours. JazzTrax has been held here for 28+ years and the acoustics in the main ballroom are wonderful. Views in all directions - can't be... More 

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Thank Discerningwon
Ojai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

We have been attending this festival for 14 consecutive years on the 3rd weekend of October. The weather has been sunny and clear 95% of our time spent there. The Ballroom is beautiful with views looking out towards Descanso Beach and the main part of town. The Theater below is also maintained beautifully with a museum attached. October is the... More 

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Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

Great photo op of an outstanding location. Well kept and clean. Great place to visit for afternoon meals

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Yucaipa, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

This is just my opinion regarding this Jazz Festival (as an excellent amateur musician myself and huge concert goer over 30+ years). There are many better Festivals for the Jazz and music enthusiasts. My criticism has to do with over miking of the 3 concerts we attended, causing us to walk out of one of them. This may not be... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

We took the one hour tour of the casino. What a fabulous experience. The Art Deco design throughout is stunning and our guide, Porschia, whose art work can be seen throughout the island, took us everywhere behind the scenes, and filled us in on the fascinating history of this historic building. They only give the one hour tour twice a... More 

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