Housed in the museum's standalone SAPAP Gallery, the exhibit tells the story of Houdini second Hollywood feature, Terror Island, from its conception, through its filming on Catalina, all the way to its opening at the local Catalina Island movie theater in 1920.
Almost all the artifacts are being displayed for the first (and likely only) time. Among the contributors are: Arthur Moses, Mark Willoughby, Fred Pittella, Joe Notaro, Chip Romero, the Motion Picture Academy Library, and myself.
Catalina Island can be reached using the Catalina Express, which runs boats to and from the island all day long. The ride takes about an hour. Just watch out for cannibals!
Houdini, wizard of the stage and screen, was reported to have declared that Santa Catalina Island was the most ideal spot that he had ever come across, and that when he had finished his work before the footlights that he intended to come back to the island and build a magnificent home.
- The Catalina Islander, 1936
For more information visit the Catalina Island Museum website.