Then in 1929, Wrigley and David Renton spent two million dollars to recreate into the first theatre designed for movies with sound and became the new Catalina casino that remains today. This place would become a common spot for Hollywood tycoons to visit on their yachts and showcase their films. Its designers were Sumner Spaulding and Walter Weber and they forged it in a Mediterranean Revival style with it an elegant white appearance and tall pillars with an ocean view balcony. It received the Honor Award from the California branch of the American Institute of Architects as one of the outstanding architectural accomplishments. What used to be the old casino was transformed into one of the world's largest aviaries, which was founded by Mrs. Wrigley but was later shut down after 1966.
On the inside you will find beautiful murals, ranging from an Atlantis inspired sections to renaissance recreations, decorating the walls around you. You will also find two large staircases, modeled after ones in Fenway Park, that allows access to the enormous ballroom with amazing acoustics. In 1953, the Catalina Island Museum was established by Phillip K. Wrigley in attempt to immortalize the islands pre-colonial history, as well as his father's pre-war development. Despite many of the native Indian artifacts being moved to the Fowler Museum at UCLA, there are still many of fascinating things to see, including the world's largest collection of Catalina Products and the single largest photo archive of an Island's history. The museum, which moved to a location about a half mile to the south, is constantly adding new technology and exhibits about the beautiful history of this island.