Avalon Silent Film Showcase

May 14-16, 2021

Now in its 34th year, the Catalina Island Museum Avalon Silent Film Showcase is one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film. We are planning a full weekend of films and events related to Silent Film that will take place Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2021. 

The main event of the weekend is held on Saturday, May 15th 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 the 1922 film, Blood and Sand starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee and Nita Naldi. The screening features live music composed specifically for this event performed by Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists.


In the film, Rudolph Valentino plays the role of Juan, the son of a poor widow in Seville, Spain. Against his mother’s wishes Juan 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.

As we plan the surrounding events, we are carefully watching the state, county and local health mandates. We are hopeful the event will be able to take place in person, but are also planning a virtual option as a back up. Tickets will go on sale soon. Please check back!

Avalon Ball

Make it a roaring 1920s weekend! Following our feature film presentation on Saturday, May 15th, make plans to dance the night away in your best Art Deco attire in the Casino Ballroom with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. 

Please check the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles' website for more information or click here

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