Calendar of Events

Friday, February 7, 2020
First Friday Films - Groundhog Day
Brown Family Digital Theater
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Rated PG


First Fridays at the Museum is now First Friday Films. This month, join us for a screening of Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Directed by Harold Ramis, this 1993 fantasy comedy follows a cynical TV weatherman - played by Murray - who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day celebration. And only one person can break the spell.... 

To start, the films will be screened in our digital theater. As the weather gets warmer, the film screenings will move to our outdoor amphitheater. 


The museum will re-open at 6:30 pm. Groundhog Day will begin at 7:00 pm in the Brown Family Digital Theater. A variety of movie snacks along with wine and beer will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Project Azorian: The CIA's Greatest Covert Operation
A Lecture with Charlie Canby
Ackerman Family Amphitheater
6:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm)
Members $10
Non-Members $17
Children (15 & under) Free with paid adult admission


In 1968 at the height of the Cold War, K-129, a Russian submarine on patrol in the North Pacific was lost. The Russians searched for the sub and could find no trace of it. The US looked for the sunken submarine and found it in 16,800 feet of water. Did the submarine carry nuclear weapons and was the krypto equipment recoverable? The CIA wanted to know. 


Using Howard Hughes as a cover, the CIA built a 650-foot ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer. The goal was to secretly raise the submarine from the ocean floor - some 3 miles deep - without the Soviets knowing. The mission, codenamed Project Azorian, was one of the most complex, expensive and secretive intelligence operations of the Cold War.


Local resident, Charlie Canby, a naval architect and marine engineer, worked on the design of the ship and sailed on the Hughes Glomar Explorer in the capacities of an ordinary seaman and welder. He was the Resident Naval Architect on the actual recovery mission in 1974. 


Canby will tell the story of this 6 year mission through artifacts and a slideshow lecture including the conceptual design of the ship and the recovery mission itself. He will also detail the mysteries of why the Hughes Glomar Explorer anchored four times at the Isthmus (Two Harbors)!

Friday, March 13, 2020
Catalina Classic Film Club - Rain (1932)
Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
6:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)


The Catalina Classic Film Club meets quarterly to bring together enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to enjoy films of yesteryear in an intimate setting. Tickets to the 24-seat venue are available on a first-come, first served basis with ticket sales beginning at 6:00 pm on the night of the performance. Refreshments and snacks available for purchase. 


Rain stars Joan Crawford and was filmed on Catalina Island. While stranded on a small tropical island awaiting passage, a hardened prostitute (played by Crawford) becomes the unwilling target for redemption of a relentlessly self-righteous missionary. Based on a W. Somerset Maugham novel, this film features a classic early Crawford performance.

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Islander Day
Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Islander Day program offers island residents an opportunity to visit the museum's exhibition galleries and digital theater free of charge. Free admission is offered to the first 150 residents (with proof of residency) through the door. Four Islander Days are offered each year.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Museum Open House and Exhibition Opening
Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Members FREE
Non-Member Adults $25
Non-Member Children (15 & Under) $10
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


This event acts as the opening reception for the Catalina Paintings: Night & Day and Soot and Water: Gyotaku Records of Catalina exhibitions.  The afternoon will include a live plein air painting demonstration and a gallery talk with a plein air artist featured in the Catalina Paintings exhibition; a gallery talk with the curator of the Soot and Water exhibition and a gyotaku printing demonstration with the artist; throughout the day Catalina Island artifacts from our permanent collection will be shared and a guided painting experience with the head of the Catalina Art Association will focus on the Elizabeth Turk: Tipping Point installation on the museum’s second level. A kid-friendly art project will also be offered.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Avalon Silent Film Showcase
Blood and Sand
Avalon Casino Theatre
1:00 pm
Members $20 (After May 1, 2020: $25)
Non-Members $23 (After May 1, 2020: $28)
Children (3-15) $10
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


In its 33rd year, this event is recognized as one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film. Held in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace, allows attendees to enjoy an authentic 1920s cinematic experience with the screening of the 1922 film, Blood and Sand starring Rudolph Valentino as a young matador with live musical accompaniment.  This event will also celebrate what would have been Valentino's 125th birthday.

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