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This circular white structure is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture anywhere. Its Spanish-inspired floors and murals gleam with brilliant blue and green Catalina tiles. In this case, casino, the Italian word for "gathering place," has nothing to do with gambling. First-run movies are screened nightly at the Avalon Theatre, noteworthy for its classic 1929 theater pipe organ and art deco wall murals. The circular ballroom once famously hosted 1940s big bands and is still used for gala events.

The Santa Catalina Island Company leads three tours of the Casino—the 30-minute basic tour ($14), the 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour ($28), which leads visitors through the green room and into the Wrigleys' private lounge, and a weekend nights evening tour ($45), where guests enjoy wine on the scenic terrace after touring the historic building.

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1 Casino Way
Avalon, California  90704, USA

310-510–0179-theater

www.visitcatalinaisland.com

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