Casino on Catalina Island

An photograph of the casino on Catalina Island.

Catalina Casino

Catalina Casino

Catalina Island Museum
Located inside the Catalina Casino

About the Catalina Casino Museum

Beautiful Photo of the Catalina Casino

Catalina Casino Tour
Requires uphill walking inside the casino.

Avalon Theater
- Theater inside the casino that seats 1154
- theater well insulated... can't ghear ballroom bands
- has a 4 manual, 16 rank theater pipe organ
- played every fri and sat evening

Catalina Casino Ballroom

About the Former Avalon Bird Park
- has steel structure made of old avalon casino parts
- was once one of largest aviaries in the world
- today it is a day care facility

About the Avalon Casino
- Surrounded by sea on 3 sides
- Built on site formerly known as Sugarloaf Point
- site cleared for St. Catherine Hotel BUT
- that hotel was built in Descanso Canyon instead
- William Wrigley Jr built a dance hall there called "Sugarloaf Casino"
- served as ballroom and Avalon's first high school
- that building was torn down in 1928 and new casino built
- New Casino first opened on May 29, 1929
- Designed by Sumner A. Spaulding and Walter Weber
- style is Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival,
- Designed for movies with sound
- movie theater and museum are on the 1st level
- dance hall is on the top level
- Has two ramped walkways instead of stairs
- bathrooms are just below the dance floor
- Circular art deco architecture
- Was never a gambling casino (casino mans "gathering place)
- Twelve story building divided into a ballroom and a theater
- hosts many events including:
- New Year's Eve Celebration
- Catalina island Jazz Festival
- Art deco architecture and reliefs
- rose colored walls, Tiffany chandeliers,
- arching 50 foot ceiling, elevated stage
- raised seating area around dance flooior
- vintage full service bar in back
- theater shows first run movies almost every night
- was a big band venue
- ballroom once could hold more then 6000 people
- available for weddings and special events
- was restored in recent years
- small museum downstairs w/archaeological items, photos,
- museum also has a gift shop
- Casino Theater now used to show movies
- has a pipe organ inside, plays fri and sat
- organ is on the American Theater Organ Society regof hist..
- arrive at theater early enought o hear organ concert
- ceiling is painted blue with tiny lights for stars
- wall mural tells california history

In 2008 Santa Catalina island Company produced "Grease", which was first full production musical on the stage

More Pictures of Catalina Island

Visitor Attractions on Catalina Island

Catalina Island Travel Guide

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