Catalina Connection

Kitschy presentation “Catalinaland” includes historical tidbits and sightseeing highlights of Catalina Island

AVALON — Catalina Island Museum, for those who can’t get enough of Catalina Island’s unique history, will be presenting “Catalinaland,” a special event featuring retro humorist Charles Phoenix. Catalinaland will be held at the iconic Avalon Casino Theatre, the 1929 Art Deco movie palace, on Sunday, June 10.

According to a press release, the event will feature, “History, fun, glories and stories, and everything else having to do with Catalina!”

Phoenix, known for his comical storytelling and slide shows, will be paying homage to Catalina including a narration of collected Kodachrome slides that will feature S.S. Avalon, glass-bottom boats, flying fish, bird park, Catalina Pottery, vintage souvenirs, Wrigley family and other historical elements of Catalina.

In addition to the slide presentation, Phoenix will share a vintage guide to sightseeing, shopping, dining and other highlights of Catalina Island that retro enthusiasts will love. The performance will include two acts with an intermission and while not mandatory, festive dress is encouraged.

After the show, Phoenix will be signing a copy of his latest book “Addicted to Americana”; cake and punch will be served.

Phoenix has been presenting retro pop culture for nearly two decades and has appeared on various television shows and NPR radio.

Tickets for this show will be $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members. Call 310-510-2414 for more information of visit to purchase tickets online.

The Catalina Island Museum is located at 217 Metropole Avenue in Avalon. This event will begin at 2 p.m. in Avalon Casino Theatre at 1 Casino Way.

Slide image: Owned by Charles Phoenix

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