Catalina Story Project

The Catalina Island Museum proudly presented Lolo and the Barbershop, the third Catalina Story Project in conjunction with Story Bank Productions on July 3, 2019. This film highlights the life and story of Lolo Saldana and follows the successful creation and premiere of films documenting the life of Catalina Island’s treasured long-time residents Doug Bombard and Roy Rose. These films can be viewed below and on our YouTube channelLolo and the Barbershop premiered at the Catalina Island Museum on Lolo's 90th birthday and can be viewed above or by clicking here.

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Doug Bombard: A Life on Santa Catalina Island


The film explores over 90 years of Catalina’s rich history through the eyes of Doug Bombard, who grew up exploring the island, built numerous businesses, and raised a family at Two Harbors. His recollections – overlaid with historical photographs and accompanied by his wife, Audrey, and his sons, Tim and Greg – bring the past to life with detail and heart. From the building of the original Miss Catalina boats to diving for coins in Avalon to developing the Isthmus, Bombard’s experiences are iconic to the story of Catalina and to the shaping of the island community as we know it today. 

Roy Rose: A Life in Avalon


The film covers the Rose family history and most importantly the vivid details of his first trip to the island during World War II, moving here full-time, taking over his father’s business and enjoying decades of life on the island collecting art. You will get a glimpse into Avalon’s tent city, dancing in the Casino Ballroom, WWII on the island, learn about Chicken Johnny, the S.S. Catalina, diving for coins, delivering newspapers around Avalon, his purchase of a house on the hillside, the 2007 fire on the island and much more!

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