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The Casino San Clemente turned 80 years old this year. The event center, located at 140 W. Avenida Pico, will host a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 31. Pictured, vendors assist patrons of the 2016 Taste of San Clemente, which is hosted at the Casino San Clemente every year. Photo: File
The Casino San Clemente turned 80 years old this year. The event center, located at 140 W. Avenida Pico, will host a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 31. Pictured, vendors assist patrons of the 2016 Taste of San Clemente, which is hosted at the Casino San Clemente every year. Photo: File

By Eric Heinz

Casino San Clemente, one of the trifecta landmarks of North Beach, will turn 80 years old this month. The event hall has been utilized for a variety of events and programs throughout its history.
The Casino opened in 1937 and was used as a wartime lookout station during World War II from 1941 to 1943, according to the facility’s website.

From that time on, it returned to being operated as a dinner and event venue until 2004 when condominium complex plans had been submitted.

In 2009, the Sadeghi family acquired the Casino and continue to operate the facility to this day.

The Casino will host a jazz brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, to celebrate its 80th birthday. Tickets are $25 per person and will include music by Elizabeth Lamers with a buffet from Ellie’s Table. A beer and wine cash bar will also be available. On Saturday, July 29, there will be an open house with music in the ballroom, a petting zoo, popcorn, barbecue and more for $10 per person.

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