Avalon Silent Film Showcase - Now Virtual

For the first time in 33 years, we had to cancel the main, in person, Avalon Silent Film Showcase event. However, we have switched it online through Facebook Live. Click here to go to our Facebook page.


Mark your calendars: Avalon Silent Film Showcase will be May 14-16, 2021


If you had tickets to the event, refunds will be offered or, please consider the cost of your ticket(s) as a very much appreciated donation to the museum. Please contact us at or 310-510-2414 with questions or to process your refund. Thank you for understanding. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Catalina Island Museum

Facebook Live

1:00 pm

The kick-off the Avalon Silent Film Showcase weekend will feature a screening of Mud and Sand, a silent short film starring Stan Laurel with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.


Mud and Sand (1922)

In this spoof on Rudolph Valentino's Blood and Sand film, Stan Laurel stars as Rhubarb Vaselino who lives in a small village in Spain. He and his friend enter a bullfighting contest and his friend is killed. Rhubarb avenges his friends death by killing three bulls and becomes a local hero along the way. Two years later, while living in Madrid as a national hero, he becomes involved with the temptress Filet de Sol, but his lover finds out. As the last bullfight of the season draws near, he must fight the deadliest bull in all of Spain. But will he survive the scorn of a woman... 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Catalina Island Museum

Facebook Live

1:00 pm

Seaside Simps (1923)

Filmed on Catalina Island, Seaside Simps is one of the last Hall Room Boys Comedies. The audience is part of the joke of a movie within a movie and it shows some great scenes aboard the SS Avalon and on the island itself. It was recently restored by the Library of Congress. This will be the first screening on the island since it was originally filmed here!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Catalina Island Museum

Facebook Live

1:00 pm

The Curse of Valentino's Ring

Rudolph Valentino had the world at his feet when the star of the silver screen met an untimely death. But did a mysterious ring and its supposed curse send him sooner to his grave? 


Macfehin looks at the legend of the so-called "ring of destiny" and the troubled lives of the people caught in its curse!

Sponsored by Steven Mandel, M.D., Catalina Express and Catalina Island Company

Michael Mortilla

Avalon Ball

The in person event originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 has also been cancelled.


However, they are also going virtual.

Join us for a "virtual" vintage voyage to Catalina Island for our 2020 Avalon Ball, a signature event that pays tribute to the days when Big Bands played for thousands of dancers in the 1929 Avalon Casino Ballroom - while the music was broadcast live to the nation - listening at home. 


In the spirit of listening at home, we've organized a Ball with something for everyone (dancers and non-dancers alike) that can be enjoyed by vintage enthusiasts of the 1920s and 30s, tuning in from around the world.

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

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