Live the Rich Cultural History of Avalon’s Iconic Landmark
Step back in time on this 45-minute narrated walking tour of Catalina’s most well-known landmark. Receive 15% Off Discover the Casino Tour when you book online more than seven days in advance. Select the Online 7+ Days Advance Purchase Price in the booking window.
You’ll marvel at the soaring hand-painted murals that grace the entry way of this architectural masterpiece. Created by John Gabriel Beckman, whose work also adorns Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Casino’s murals depict the history of Catalina Island’s cultural evolution.
Built in 1929 near the end of the Silent Era, Avalon Theatre was among the first in the world to be designed specifically for “Talkies.” It has been fully restored to its original grandeur, complete with solid black walnut panels, art deco furniture, Tiffany-esque lights and gold-leaf accents. The amazing acoustics produced by the theatre’s 50-foot domed ceiling were studied and replicated by designers of New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
The theatre’s original pipe organ, one of the last of its kind, was built, shipped and installed by the Page Organ Company of Lima, Ohio. You can hear a performance on this historic organ on Fridays and Saturdays, one hour before the start of the theatre’s weekly feature.
Above the theatre, the Casino’s world-famous ballroom once hosted thousands of dancers grooving to the sounds of big band music. Be sure to step out on the Romance Promenade that encircles the ballroom for some of the most spectacular views of Avalon.
Your ticket to Discover the Casino entitles you to $2 off regular admission to the Catalina Island Museum.
*This tour requires uphill walking inside the casino. Comfortable shoes are recommended.