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Behind the Scenes Casino Tour

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 800-626-1496
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The tour guide sang to us!

Small group guided tour of the Casino including ballroom and theater. Wow, so much history and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hermosa Beach, California
Gotta take this tour!!

We had "Frankie from Avalon" as our tourguide. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable about... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Randy T
Eugene, Oregon
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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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“big band” (3 reviews)
“bygone era” (2 reviews)
“art deco” (4 reviews)
1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 800-626-1496

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small group guided tour of the Casino including ballroom and theater. Wow, so much history and beautifully decorated. Our tour guide was an aspiring actress and singer. She serenaded us several times! Highly recommended tour.

Thank Cmon_Blue
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We had "Frankie from Avalon" as our tourguide. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable about the building and its history. I particularly appreciated his deep background of the music and arts there, plus his personal history growing up in Avalon. At the end of the...More

Thank Randy T
Reviewed 24 April 2017 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...More

Thank Cricket0123
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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...More

Thank VeroVAV
Reviewed 7 April 2017

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

Thank sdeure
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...More

Thank Reginald S
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....More

Thank avakianj
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...More

Thank amranja
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...More

Thank Vikki817
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...More

Thank Bob M
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Sharon D
I have been informed that there are approx. 90 steps to climb on this tour- would this hamper someone with knee issues? Would prefer this tour over the shorter one.
30 January 2015|
Response from Max B | Reviewed this property |
There are nearly no stairs in the Casino. It is a large, but it's built with ramps to get from level to level. The ramps are not very steep to allow many people of all ages and abilities to get to the ball room on the top... More