Catalina Island

Laughter Reigns at the Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit

 

The highly acclaimed Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra took the stage of the Avalon Casino Theatre providing musical accompaniment for the films "One Week" and "The Kid Brother." Photograph courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum
The highly acclaimed Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra took the stage of the Avalon Casino Theatre providing musical accompaniment for the films “One Week” and “The Kid Brother.” Photograph courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum

May 24, 2016, AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND – The Avalon Casino Theatre was filled with laughter Saturday afternoon for the Catalina Island Museum’s annual Silent Film Benefit. “Wonderful!” “Fantastic!” “Hilarious!” These and other rave reviews could be heard as the large crowd exited the theatre. Many debated about which film – “One Week” or “The Kid Brother” – was their favorite. Others remarked about the talented musicians of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. “The movies were hilarious!” remarked Catalina Island Museum member Linda Gassett. “I had no idea they were so clever back then. It was so much fun. We’ll definitely be back next year.” “It was great!” said actress Miranda Otto when asked about the event. “I saw ‘The Kid’ [starring Charlie Chaplin] when I was really small. It was one of the first movies I ever saw but I have not seen many silents. These were so funny!” “We had a blast!” said Rodney Sauer of Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. “It was great to have the audience so into the films. They were laughing throughout and made our performance very enjoyable.” An absolutely unique experience that transports each moviegoer back to the “Roaring Twenties,” the Silent Film Benefit is a longstanding tradition in Avalon. Its audience continues to grow with many attendees traveling to the island just for this event. One couple first attended the benefit on their honeymoon a few years ago. Now their anniversary celebration annually includes a trip to Catalina for the museum’s Silent Film Benefit. Mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit featuring Peter Pan in the Avalon Casino Theatre on Saturday, May 21, 2017. Filmed in 1924 on Catalina Island, this is the first film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s play of the same name. A review in the New York Times stated, “It is not a movie, but a pictorial masterpiece.” Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25 for members of the Catalina Island Museum and $28 for non-members. Visit www.CatalinaMuseum.org to purchase yours today. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon’s sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum is temporarily closed to relocate to its new permanent home, the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. The Grand Opening Celebration of the museum’s new building takes place Saturday, June 18 through Monday, July 4, 2016. Members of the museum are invited to preview it on Friday, June 17. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org.