Catalina Casino Ticket Office
As part of my wife's birthday celebration we took a helicopter to Catalina Island and spent the day. One of the things we did was the Casino tour. I highly recommend it!
William Wrigley, Jr., who purchased Santa Catalina Island in 1919, built the Casino because his wife, Ada, and her sisters loved to dance. In the 1920s, the word casino was Italian, meaning a place of gathering or entertainment, or a grand dance pavilion—nothing at all to do with gambling.
Mural artist John Gabriel Beckman, already famous for his work at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, was hired to design all of the interior and exterior artwork. Beckman wanted his exterior images to be executed in tile. However, he ran out of time, so they were painted. A contemporary restoration of the entrance saw his feature mural of Aphrodite rising from the sea finally executed all in tile.
Wrigley’s budget for the design and construction of the Casino was $600,000, but he ended up spending $2 million. He must surely have been committed to keeping Ada and her sisters happily dancing.