Catalina Island Museum presents Reminiscing with Roy Rose on July 27

Roy Rose. Photo Courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum

Capturing the stories of Catalina Island history as experienced by those who lived it and sharing it with others is an important aspect of the Catalina Island Museum’s mission.

For that reason, the museum has identified a number of individuals to showcase.

Doug Bombard was the first in this series and now the museum is celebrating longtime island resident Roy Rose with a screening of the new documentary, “Roy Rose: A Life in Avalon,” created by Story Bank Productions. The event, Reminiscing with Roy Rose, will take place the Ackerman Family Amphitheater at the Catalina Island Museum on Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

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, World War II 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!

The documentary was filmed and produced by Bill Banning and Alison Armstrong of Story Bank Productions. Their studio is located in Santa Monica. Bill Banning is a descendant of the Banning family that owned Catalina Island/Santa Catalina Island Company before it was purchased by the William Wrigley Jr. and he is passionate about sharing the island’s fascinating history.

Reminiscing with Roy Rose takes place in the museum’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Appetizers will be generously provided by Maggie’s Blue Rose. Wine, beer, soda and water will be available for purchase. Screening of the documentary will begin at 8:15 pm. Seating is limited and first-come, first choice.

Tickets are free for members of the museum and $10 for non-members. Members are asked to RSVP to Non-member tickets are available at the museum, online at or at the door.

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film.

Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Ave.

For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: