06 September, 2008

Avalon Casino Theatre and Ballroom Postcard

The beautiful Art Deco Avalon Casino Theatre and Ballroom, located in Avalon on Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles, was constructed in 1929. The Casino's name derives from a more traditional Italian definition of casino, meaning social gathering place; the building has never served as a gambling establishment and for many years did not even serve alcoholic beverages.

Avalon Casino Theatre and Ballroom Postcard

The Casino was 140 feet (43 m) high when it was built and was the tallest building in Los Angeles County at the time. Surrounded by sea on three sides, the circular Art Deco structure stands the equivalent of 12 stories tall. The Avalon Theater, on the first level, shows first-run movies nightly. The circular domed ceiling has remarkable acoustics studied by experts from around the world. The upper level houses the world's largest circular ballroom with a 180-foot (55 m) diameter dance floor. French doors encircle the room, and balcony views are spectacular.

Santa Catalina Island, California Wikipedia Entry

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