Catalina - Casino
The Casino building in Avalon is a very recognizable structure as you enter the port by boat. This beautiful, tall building is not a gambling casino, but rather a "gathering place". The building was completed in 1929 and is constructed in an Art Deco style. It houses a movie theater, a ballroom for dancing and events, and a historical museum. The building is easy to get to, just start walking towards it along Crescent Avenue and pass under the arches that have Via Casino on them. Large palm trees will shade the path over to the building. Pass by the Casino Dock Cafe (or stop by for a bite to eat) and the first area that you will reach is the movie theater.
Arches along the path to the Casino
Path to the Casino
Avalon Theater - The Casino plays movies each night at 7:30 pm with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4:30 pm. Movies change weekly as new releases come out. On Saturdays, the Page Pipe Organ plays a concert before the movie starts. You can recognize the entrance to the movie theater by the tall, art deco mural above the doors next to the movie poster where you enter the Casino.
Arched Entry Way into the Casino Theater
Catalina Museum - The Catalina Museum is located to the right of the Avalon Theater entrance. It is a cute, little museum that has the notable history of the island of Catalina. From the story of Charlie Chaplin to the Chicago Cubs that Wrigley had come to the island for spring training to the Catalina Pottery produced on the island. The entry fee is $5.00 and there is a gift shop with plenty of items to take with you back to the mainland after you visit.
Catalina Island Museum
Catalina Ballroom - The upper level of the Casino is a 20,000 foot dancing ballroom. From the ballroom, there is an open balcony that runs around the building. Events that include ballroom dancing and dining are held throughout the year here. Jazz concerts, silent auctions, and events on July 4th and New Years Eve sell out quickly, so purchase tickets in advance.