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Catalina, Calfornia

Catalina's beautiful "Casino"

The Grand Ball Room.
The Casino opened on Memorial Day 1929. No gambling has ever taken place here. It gets its name casino literally from Italian as "a place of entertainment".

The casino has long been recognized as one of the best examples of Art Deco anywhere in the world. It was design by Architects Webber and Spaulding who incorporated Moorish Alhambra influences. The building is 140 feet high and 180 feet in diameter. There is a 12 foot wide balcony around the ball room. It has 4,500 square feet of black walnut, 60,000 four-inch squares of silver on the theater's domed ceiling, and uses 500 square feet of 22-karat gold leaf.

Inside the Grand Ball Room.

The 1,184 seat theater has a beautiful mural that surrounds the whole exterior of the seating area and it was designed by John Gabriel Beckman. His job prior to this theater was the famed Chinese Theater in Hollywood on the Avenue of the Stars. He continued to maintain these murals until his death in 1991. The theater also holds a full scale pipe organ that is still used during periodic concerts.

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