Casino Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Duration: 70 minutes

Location: Casino Building Box Office



Senior (55+)


Child (2-11)


Ticket cost includes City of Avalon 4% Admissions Tax


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Relive the Golden Days and stand in the footprints of Big Band era stars

  • Journey inside William Wrigley, Jr.'s Catalina Island landmark building.
  • Learn about the art & architecture that make the Catalina Casino Building world famous.
  • Step on stage in an 1,100+ seat movie palace and meander through backstage hallways & dressing rooms.
  • Explore the back of house and see what made the building one of the era's most technologically advanced structures.

Tour departs daily, rain or shine, at 12:45 PM (excluding special event closures).

Children of all ages are welcome on this tour.

Due to the backstage access points, this Catalina Island tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Guests should be able to stand for the length of the tour & walk a combination of ramps and stairs.

What to Expect

Step back 80 years to an era when Big Band leaders were king and “talkie” motion pictures were the latest fad. Walk the back halls and dressing areas where world-famous musicians and Hollywood legends prepared for the performances that would make the Catalina Casino one of the most exciting entertainment venues in the country.

What you should know about this experience and COVID-19:

  • Masks are mandatory for all guests
  • Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing
  • Additional sanitizing is happening regularly

Explore the places most locals have never been:  The Catalina Casino building is a working theater, ballroom, and concert hall to this day. Focusing on the cultural history of the building, this one-of-a-kind tour brings you unprecedented access to backstage areas that were closed to the public for more than 70 years.   You will experience this historic building like never before.  Visit the green rooms used by Errol Flynn and Cary Grant, walk across the stage where Benny Goodman played before thousands of adoring fans, and see the editing room where Cecil B. DeMille viewed the rushes of the day’s movie shoot.

Enjoy an intimate tour experience: To make the most of your time in the building, we keep the tour group small – under 20 guests.

What to bring and wear:  This is a walking tour, so you’ll want to wear comfortable walking shoes.  This Catalina Island tour takes place indoors, with the exception of some time on the balcony overlooking Avalon.  You may wish to bring a light sweater, however you will be climbing stairs and ramps which will warm you right up in the cooler months.  Please do not bring large bags or backpacks with you – they may become cumbersome on this walking tour.  Don’t forget your camera.  Gratuity is not included in your ticket purchase, but always appreciated.

Restrictions:  For your safety, you should be in good health & free from high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this tour. Due to the backstage access points, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please consider the Discover the Casino Tour as an alternative.


Where to Meet

Casino Building Box Office
Avalon, CA 90704

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While reservations are not required, they are recommended. Getting your tickets in advance will save you time once you are on the island.  This tour is a small group tour, so it does tend to sell out quickly.

There are restrooms available outside of the Casino Building on the ground level.  Please make sure to use them before your tour begins – you will not be able to use the restrooms inside the building.

Walking time to common locations:

  • Cabrillo Mole Area: 15-20 minutes
  • Basketball/Volleyball/Old Ben Park Area: 12-15 minutes
  • Green Pleasure Pier/Island Tour Plaza: 7-10 minutes
  • Casino Building: 1-2 minutes
  • Descanso Beach: 3-5 minutes

Food & beverage are not provided with your admission on tour.  As this is an historic building, food is not permitted on tour, but bottled water is welcome.

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"With the behind-the-scenes tour, you get to go up onstage, through the dressing rooms which have been decorated with some pieces of period clothing and costumes. The whole atmosphere is just grand and romantic and made me want to come back in full dress when a band is playing."

- Laene from Phoenix, AZ - TripAdvisor
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