Recognized as one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film, the main event of our 35th annual showcase is held in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace. Attendees will be treated to an authentic 1920s cinematic experience with the screening of comedy short The Campus Carmen with live accompaniment by Michael Mortilla followed by the 100th anniversary screening of the 1922 film, Blood and Sand starring Rudolph Valentino and Lila Lee with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla & The Accompanists.
The Campus Carmen (1928) starring Daphne Pollard, Carole Lombard and many others. This Mack Sennett comedy short takes place in an all-girls school and follows the production of their version of the famous opera "Carmen."
Blood and Sand (1922) starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee and Nita Naldi. Valentino plays the role of Juan, the son of a poor widow in Seville, Spain. Against his mother's wishes Juam pursues a career as a matador. He rapidly gains national prominence and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen (played by Lee) as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol (played by Naldi) and finds himself in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society.
11:30 am Avalon Casino Theatre - Doors open for Catalina Museum Members Only to enjoy complimentary champagne and desserts.
12:00 pm Avalon Casino Theatre - Pre-Film Presentation for Catalina Museum Members Only featuring Kari Bible, the official tour guide for the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. She'll talk about Rudolph Valentino, his allure and the Ladies in Black that visit his grave each year. (Not a current member? Click here to become one today to attend this presentation.)
12:30 pm Avalon Casino Theatre - Doors open to the general public
1:00 pm Avalon Casino Theatre - Avalon Silent Film Showcase begins with a brief welcome, a screening of The Campus Carmen featuring live improvised musical accompaniment by renown pianist and composer Michael Mortilla, followed by silent film historian John Bengtson who will introduce the feature film Blood and Sand.
> Period dress is highly encouraged but not required. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from the concession stand in the theatre.
Tickets are $25 for Museum Members, $28 for Non-Members and $5 for Children (ages 3-15). Purchase your tickets prior to May 1st and save $5 on each member and non-member ticket.
Join us for the opening event at the museum on Friday, May 13th. Click here for tickets and info.