Tuna Club of Avalon

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Tuna Club of Avalon
Tuna Club of Avalon, Catalina Island.JPG
Main entrance
Tuna Club of Avalon is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Tuna Club of Avalon
Tuna Club of Avalon is located in California
Tuna Club of Avalon
Tuna Club of Avalon is located in the United States
Tuna Club of Avalon
Location100 St. Catherine Way, Catalina Island, Avalon, California
Coordinates33°20′44″N 118°19′35″W / 33.34556°N 118.32639°W / 33.34556; -118.32639Coordinates: 33°20′44″N 118°19′35″W / 33.34556°N 118.32639°W / 33.34556; -118.32639
Arealess than one acre
Built1916 (1916)
Architectural styleBungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference #91000338[1]
Added to NRHPApril 2, 1991

The Tuna Club of Avalon is a private members's club in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in California.


It was founded by Charles Frederick Holder (1851–1915) in 1898.[2][3][4]

Early members included Zane Grey, Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Hal Roach, Cecil B. DeMille, Herbert Hoover and George S. Patton.[2][3][4] Among the first honorary members were Theodore Roosevelt, then Governor of New York, author Henry Van Dyke (both elected in 1898), Henry Markham (elected in 1899), ex-President Grover Cleveland (1899), Gifford Pinchot (1906) and Charles Hallock (1907).[5] Against widespread opinion and popular belief, the future prime minister Winston Churchill was not part of the membership.[6] The club hosted Churchill once, for a first and unique visit in 1929. On that occasion the then Chancellor of the Exchequer hooked and reeled in a 125-pound marlin.[7][8]

Despite being an all-male club for many years, it does not discriminate against female membership.[9]

Beyond its listed clubhouse, it also leases waterfront facilities.[10]


The clubhouse is located at 100 St. Catherine Way in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in California. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since April 2, 1991. It is also listed as a California Historical Landmark.[11]

The clubhouse was used as a location for the 1974 film Chinatown. In the film, the Tuna Club was renamed the Albacore Club.


  • Farrior, Michael (2004). The History of the Tuna Club, 1898-1998. Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California: Tuna Club Foundation. OCLC 54039547.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Pete Thomas, Pioneers on the angling front, The Los Angeles Times, December 09, 2003
  3. ^ a b Rich Roberts, LOOKING FOR BIG FISH? : Join the Club : At Catalina's Tuna Club, They're Hooked on Tradition, The Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1993
  4. ^ a b Catalina Museum
  5. ^ Charles Frederick Holder, The Channel islands of California, 1910, p. 77]
  6. ^ The History of the Tuna Club of Avalon, information provided by the Tuna Club, on slayerrrods.com
  7. ^ CHURCHILL, Winston on the Islapedia website]
  8. ^ Catalina Island Museum, Islander Museum benefit offers rare tours of legendary Tuna Club facilities, The Catalina Islander, August 29, 2014
  9. ^ Adrianne Goodman, Avalon Takes Tuna Club's Word on Discrimination, The Los Angeles Times, July 20, 1989
  10. ^ Adrianne Goodman, Avalon to Negotiate New Lease With Tuna Club, The Los Angeles Times, December 08, 1989
  11. ^ "The Tuna Club of Avalon". Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 27 September 2015.