The Catalina Casino has been the focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened over eighty years ago on May 29, 1929. For nearly three generations, the Catalina Casino has been the venue of choice for great entertainers, Broadway productions, and first-run motion pictures.
Dominating the Avalon landscape from its regal perch along the harbor, the casino exemplifies the style and romance of Catalina Island. Restored to its original condition, the Art Deco, circular icon is a stunning reminder of Catalina?s glorious past.
The Catalina Casino gets its name from the Italian language, where ?casino? means a gathering place. There is no gambling at this facility. Rather, the massive twelve-story building is divided into a spectacular grand ballroom and movie theatre. It is also available for events and weddings.
Completely restored just a few years ago, the ballroom retains its original romantic style -- a lavish medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, fifty-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas around the dance floor, and a vintage, full-service bar in back.
The movie theatre is also a masterpiece of art, and now runs first-run movies every night.
The Casino hosts most of Catalina?s major indoor events, including the annual New Year?s Eve Celebration and the Catalina Island Jazz Festival. Tours of the Catalina Casino are available daily.