Picking up where we left off yesterday in our last post
, where we gave you the details on our earlier adventures on Catalina passing time till the Avalon Ball, it was time to attend the Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit at the Casino Theatre. This theater, located in the first floor of the Casino below the ballroom, is gorgeous. While you can see some of the exterior lovely murals and tilework in my post from last year
, today I’ll show you a glimpse of the inside (though I will mention the lovely tile mermaid on the front of the theater is not the original – the original was a mural, but was only later made as tile in 1986. You learn something new every day.)
Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit
The festival featured four comedy shorts – Never Weaken with Harold Lloyd, The Goat with Buster Keaton, Big Business with Laurel and Hardy and The Immigrant with Charlie Chaplin. All of the films were accompanied by the Page Theatre Pipe Organ. The inside of the theater in Avalon on Catalina is lovely. Murals depict images that remind you of California’s early history. It was built as the first movie theater specifically wired for sound. The interior has lush seats that even have the original wire racks for your hats. As we watched the films, you can look up at the ceiling and see electric stars twinkling down at you. It is truly a magical space.
After the festival, we walked around the Casino some more. I had to pose for a photo with one of my charms on my charm bracelet, depicting the Casino. At first glance it is the Casino, but with a press of a button, the top pops open and inside is a dancing couple in the ballroom.
It was at long last time for the ball. I was very original and wore my dress from last year. Given its beauty, it needed another whirl. As always, Dean Mora and his orchestra delighted the dancers in what is one of the best vintage dancing events you may experience in Southern California. I didn’t get a lot of interior shots, but there were a few posed outside.
ADSLA board and committee members
There you have it. I actually cut it down to two posts instead of three, so I spared you dragging this out more. Did you attend the ball? How did you like it?