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Catalina Casino

Casino is Italian for "Gathering Place." No Gambling Here!

Commissioned by William Wrigley Jr., Catalina Casino opened in 1929, marking the 10-year anniversary of Wrigley's 1919 purchase of Catalina Island. Now, nearly a century later, this historic icon stands as a reminder to Catalina’s beginnings as a romantic escape for the millions who made the 26-mile trip across the sea to enjoy a movie, dinner and dancing during the Casino’s early days as the hub of Avalon nightlife.

Three Guided Walking Tours

Catalina Casino hosts three guided walking tours—Discover the Casino, Behind the Scenes Casino and Twilight at the Casino. Each offers a unique perspective of this Art Deco masterpiece, from the first theatre built specifically for “talkies” on the lower level, to the world’s largest circular ballroom on the top level, where as many as 6,000 dancers once twirled to the sounds of big band music.

The First Theatre Built for "Talkies"

Avalon Theatre shows first-run movies nightly at 6:30 pm. If you arrive an hour early on Friday and Saturday, you can hear a performance on the theatre’s original 1929 Page Pipe Organ.

Avalon's Premier Event Venue

The Casino's magnificent ballroom, which has been fully restored, continues to host major events, including the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, Catalina Conservancy Ball and Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival.

The Casino ballroom is available year round for weddings, private celebrations and corporate events. More information is available on our Meetings and Events page.


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