Catalina Island Behind the Scenes Casino Tour

3 Reviews | Catalina Island, USA

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Take a trip down memory lane to the days when bands were big and movies were just beginning to talk. The Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Santa Catalina Island. You'll see the extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre, which still shows nightly movies on its massive screen. A short film is shown highlighting the history of this iconic building and its Hollywood connection. This tour requires uphill walking inside the casino.

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Average 3.67 out of 5 stars based on 3 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Catalina Island Behind the Scenes Casino Tour
Todd_A, Jan 2020 Verified
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour led by Frankie. His personal stories were a lovely addition to the history of this amazing building. We hope to someday return to attend an event in the ballroom. We highly recommend this tour.Our only complaint was in booking the tour itself. During the online booking process, there was no option to choose the time of the tour. It was not clear that we had to call Cool Destinations, who then gave us another number to call to arrange the time of our tour. Then when we arrived at the casino, there was difficulty pulling up the booking. I had the receipt on my phone and the lovely woman working at the ticket desk went ahead and let us into the casino as the tour had started minutes beforehand. Cool Destinations needs to make.it clear to those booking online that there are further steps to securing the time of the tour.
Catalina Island Behind the Scenes Casino Tour
242marianm, Nov 2019 Verified
We took this 90 - but actually 100 - minute tour of the Casino with Frankie today. He is a gem, Vietnam War vet, an actually grew up on and lives on Catalina delight. However he will soon remind you of your uncle who watches too much Fox News with the volume way up and shares conspiracy emails with the family.You will enjoy the sights of the theater, experience the marvelous acoustics, step on stage and watch a short film voiced by Peter Coyote (love his voice, recognized it right away.) Going behind to the projection area and exhibits is even better. Lots of old dusty equipment and control boards. Frankie knows most of it, wasn’t sure about some items.Now Frankie needs to tone down his rampant misogyny. He pointed out a typewriter and said “you women will know what that is.” Then rambled about his school days as a greater typist than any of the girls. He also liked to say things like “ladies get your husband to take you nice places!” Uh ok Uncle Frankie, can you pass the salt?Lots of rambling stuff about the great service and delights of the Inn at Mt Ada. I hope they paid him for those ten wasted minutes of the tour. Back to the casino stuff Frankie?Ok then to the ballroom (up a series of sloping ramps, not stairs). The Marines were getting the room ready for a ball - Frankie is off on another tangent about how well a group of Marines once treated him. I wandered to talk to a Marine - they are lovely young people.Outside touring the balcony area and Frankie starts quoting the President and talking about how much money we give (GIVE!!) the Chinese. Uh oh. I asked him about the big flag flying nearby and diverted him from his politics long enough for him to move on.Take the tour but be prepared for political potholes you may need to step around on your walk.
Catalina Island Behind the Scenes Casino Tour
Dale R, Mar 2020 Verified
The casino is amazing and the behind the scenes tour is the best. I”ve done the same tour before and it was great (5 stars). This time we had a tour guide named Frank who was terrible. He talked more about himself than the casino, and a lot of his information was wrong. While I would still recommend the tour, see who your tour guide is first.

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