Avalon Silent Film Showcase

Blood and Sand (1922)


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Avalon Casino Theatre

Member Pre-Performance Program 12:00 pm

Doors Open for Non-Members 12:30 pm

Silent Film Program begins 1:00 pm

Now in our 33rd year, making this event one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film. 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 with live music by Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists. All of this takes place in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace.

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 the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance. 

Click here to view the printed program from 2019 Silent Film.

Period dress is encouraged.


Members $20 (After May 1, 2020 $25)

Non-Members $23 (After May 1, 2020 $28)

Children (Ages 3-15) $10

Sponsored by Steven Mandel, M.D.


Following our Silent Film Program, spend the evening dancing in the Avalon Casino Ballroom during the Avalon Ball put on by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. This event exemplifies what the ballroom was built for: dancing! Click here for tickets and information.

Rudolph Valentino

© 2019 by Catalina Island Museum

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