Catalina’s Legendary Avalon Theater To Close! Is There A Savior?

Catalina Island’s Legendary Movie Theater Will Close!

Shockingly sad news to report: the company that owns Catalina Island’s iconic movie theater is planning to close it!

The Avalon is a 1,184-seat movie palace, built in 1929 as part of the Catalina Casino and as reported by The Los Angeles Times, it was the first cinema in the world designed for talkies!

Screen legends like Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe used the theater for glitzy movie premiers, but changing fortunes have spelled its imminent demise.

For those unfamiliar with Southern California, Santa Catalina Island sits 29 miles off the coast of Southern California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 22 miles long and eight miles wide, and the most popular destination is the bay of Avalon, where the gorgeous Catalina Casino sits…

As The Los Angeles Times reported:

At the end of this year, the Avalon will stop showing first-run films for good, ending a 90-year tradition. The Catalina Island Co., its owner and operator and the main landlord around town, plans to continue daily tours and offer up the theater for special events like the long-running Catalina Film Fest and Silent Film Benefit.

Chief Executive Randy Herrel said not enough people attend the new flicks to make the Avalon financially viable. He said it needs at least 137 theatergoers every night to break even; average attendance this year, excluding blockbusters like the live-action “Lion King” remake, is just 37.

The LA Times article includes plenty of comments from locals, who don’t see the closing as being fair to their community, but as Herrel told The Times:

“It’s not going to get any better for our movie theater,” he said. “What small town that has 4,000 population has a 1,000-seat theater that’s still open?”

Whether the company is acting in haste or not, the sad fact is that single screen movie palaces are almost all gone – either closed or turned into multiplexes…

You can read more of the LA Times reporting here:

Unfortunately, I’ve had to report on far too many classic Hollywood landmarks that have shuttered – in the town that creates movies, there are few movie palaces remaining.

It’s a reminder to support classic businesses to help ensure their survival.

Happily, the iconic restaurant Musso & Frank in Hollywood just celebrated its 100th birthday and its still going strong!

Quentin Tarantino filmed scenes there for his brilliant movie “Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood” – and I ate there recently as well!

See the incredible menu – including their legendary Martinis by clicking here:

If you enjoy these posts, why not subscribe and never miss out? It’s easy, and there are NO ads of any kind, just stuff I like…click on the main page and “follow” me on the upper right…

Let’s hope there is a compromise that will allow The Avalon to continue to entertain Catalina…

Categories: Art, Books / Media, Exotic Travel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Movies, Pop Culture, Real Estate, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 replies

  1. That is a great pity. Unfortunately people would rather stay in the comfort of their homes and stream their films to watch.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. IT will be a tragedy indeed when it closes. But that is the hard reality of streaming services, and films on demand. Let’s hope someone finds a reason to keep the building in public use in some form.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Looks like a beauty! Too bad about it closing but at least they’re not planning to tear it down. Seattle has kept a couple of the old movie palaces – though not nearly as grand – like the 5th Avenue Theatre used for live productions. Catalina Island looks beautiful too. I’d love to visit someday, maybe on a cruise.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stevie Turner

Realist, writer, reader, reviewer and rocker.

Cornwall in Colours

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique


Reviewing the greatest film and TV since the dawn of time

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Bringing you yesterday's news from Japan and Asia, today.

Bite! Eat! Repeat!

52 Cookbooks. 52 Recipes. A Tasty 2022!

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)


Exploring sustainable options, minimalism, and gardening.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author


Follow us as we follow the road


Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV


Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

You can always start now

journaling to see some answers

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Observations. Adventures. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health


The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotropic Cinema and more

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists


Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: