Avalon Theater
Avalon Theater
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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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Crystal S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Things were way over priced. Island itself was amazing and the locals were great.
Food was mid. I expected better taste and quality for the price. I would definitely go back because it’s a total vibe
Written 27 August 2023
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Tom K
Minneapolis, MN14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Sean did an excellent job as our tour guide. The theatre was amazing. We sat and watched a Charlie Chapman movie. From the dressing rooms to Mr. Wrigley’s office and the beautiful ballroom, it takes you back in time. Super cool and super informative.
Written 2 June 2023
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thevacationmom
Oak Ridge, NJ52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Perfect day in Avalon. Great time of year - off-season, so no crowds. Weather still sunny and 65 degrees. And an unexpected benefit of going on a Thursday- no cruise ships. If only going for one day, definitely rent a golf cart and do the 1 to 1-1/2 hour scenic loop. Great overlooks and a fun ride. Grabbed a slice of pizza from a window in the center of town and had delicious pie at Jack’s Country Kitchen. Walked the waterfront and shops before taking an excellent tour of the Casino Theatre and Ballroom. Watched dolphins frolic and the sunset as we headed back on the 4:00 ferry to Long Beach. Unless you are hiking, boating, diving - one long day is perfect.
Written 16 November 2022
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Kyle's Vacations Travel Club
Las Vegas, NV265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wow. So much history. I could only wish and dream to have seen the things happen that are on the pictures on the walls. So beautiful. Are art. The people. The activities. The tour.
Written 19 January 2021
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Vernetta B
El Cajon, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The only theatre on the island and well worth the trip, Catalina is a whole experience in itself. nowhere like it in the US, The theatre is the icing on the cake.

Written 8 February 2020
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Janice O
Pahrump, NV39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is so wonderful that the Avalon Casino (not a casino as we think if it--no gambling) has been quite well preserved. It is an art deco masterpiece, consisting mainly of a theater and a ballroom. The history is fascinating. I was fortunate enough to have attended an event in the ballroom many years ago. It is gorgeous, and the list of stars who have been there is amazing. This trip, we visited the theater, which still shows current movies. On Fridays and Saturdays before the movie, a concert is presented on the 90-year-old theater pipe organ. It has not been perfectly maintained (the organist told me it is a bit of a struggle to play), but it is a thrill to hear it and imagine what it sounded like in it's day. My one regret us that I wasn't able to take the Behind-the Scenes tour--next trip for sure!
Written 26 December 2019
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avalon2020
Paris, France3,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is a fantastic, historic movie theater. It’s like a step back in time to another era. There is even a organ which is played before the movie on Friday and Saturday nights. Then you can settle in and watch a first-run movie.

Unfortunately, the operators of the theater plan to stop showing nightly movies there at the end of 2019, unless they can figure out a way to make it profitable. They plan to just use the theater for special events.

Many people want to keep the theater open, so maybe they’ll come up with a plan. It would be a shame to close.
Written 4 December 2019
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Billm247
Sedona, AZ52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Prior to seeing the latest Avenger movie in the theater, we listened to the masterful organ player. The organ music was better than the movie!
Written 28 May 2019
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Glad you enjoyed the music!
Written 17 June 2019
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LoveToTravelTerrie
Frisco, TX1,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
We walked up to the Casino while exploring the island. We noticed a flier advertising a first run movie in the Avalon Theater that we had not yet seen. (Note that the Avalon Theater is inside the Catalina Island Casino. It took me a minute to figure that out!) The flier said there was a showing every night at 7:30 so we returned just in time to catch the show. There were no previews so don't be late if you go! We were so pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful decor inside. Folks of the older generation will be taken back to the days when more theaters were this ornate and will certainly appreciate it. Snacks were served at the concession stand. It was a wonderful way to spend the evening.
Written 28 March 2019
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Thank you very much for your review! We're so happy that you enjoyed your movie experience and we hope you'll come watch more films with us again soon!
Written 9 May 2019
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lrb881
Wilmington, DE101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Took a tour of the Avalon Casino. Tour included construction, history of the facility, the theater, the projection room, and the wood floored ballroom. Tour guide was a character with lotos of stories, possibly embellished, but interesting.
Written 18 January 2019
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Thank you for joining us on one of our Casino tours! We would love to have you tour with us again.
Written 21 January 2019
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