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Descanso Beach and the Catalina Casino
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Originally from the Arthur D. Dubin Collection.
Avalon, or Avalon Bay, the only "official" city on Santa Catalina Island, is a rural waterfront town with the usual tourist-oriented businesses and services lining the coastline. Beside Avalon, the only other center of population is the small, unincorporated town of Two Harbors on the island. The twelve-story Catalina Casino, a focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment since it opened in 1929, is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Although The Casino is an icon of Catalina and Avalon, there isn't any actual gambling allowed. The stunning Art Deco building stands at 140 feet tall and contains the world's largest circular ballroom with a 180-foot diameter dance floor as well as a beautiful movie theater. The Casino hosts most of Catalina's major indoor events, including the annual New Year's Eve Celebration, and the Catalina Island Jazz Festival. As of the 2000 census, there were approximately 3,127 people residing in the city.
Visitors sunbathe and swim at Descanso Beach, fronting St. Catherine Hotel, just outside of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island. The twelve-story art deco Catalina Casino, a focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment since it opened in 1929, is visible in the background and is located at 1 Casino Way.; Photograph similar to (same angle) as #00072433.
1 photographic print :b&w ;24 x 20 cm.
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA (9025); Santa Catalina Island-Avalon-Buildings-Casino.
Catalina Casino
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Santa Catalina Island
Ballrooms--California--Santa Catalina Island
Buildings--California--Santa Catalina Island
Beaches--California--Santa Catalina Island
Islands--California--Santa Catalina Island
Bays--California--Santa Catalina Island
Dubin, Arthur D
Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)
Avalon (Calif.)

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