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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

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Address: 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
Phone Number: (510) 494-1411
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Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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good silent movie experience

Lots of background info from folks who work there. Good piano accompaniment. Decent popcorn and drink prices. Fun atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lots of background info from folks who work there. Good piano accompaniment. Decent popcorn and drink prices. Fun atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Significant California film history started in Niles. I was born and raised in Niles and was aware of the legends (including Charlie Chaplin and Ben Turpin, and others) making early films in Niles. A family legend is that my Grandfather's (Frank J. Garcia's) farm was used in early Western films. I can remember Niles having "Essanay Days" in the b1950s... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There is a small silent film museum in historic Niles area of Fremont open for a few hours each week-end. In addition, usually on Saturday night, there are silent movies - check their web site for what is playing. Its a small place but great for seeing the silent films and listen to live piano music. A fun historic way... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If you have not watched a silent film with LIVE piano playing you have missed an important part of our culture. On most Saturday nites, for a mere $5pp, you can be treated to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Bronco Billy and a host of talented folks you might not even know about. And once a month they... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

For the last couple of years, I was aware that the silent film museum was open, and really did not venture in. For a long, long, long time, the building was an old camera shop and studio, so I didn't bother to explore it. But, a couple of months ago while strolling between antique stores and boutique shops, I took... More 

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Fremont, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

the museum captures a lot of the flavor of the silent film era. The feature we saw was a historical documentary on the cliff house in San Francisco

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a very special place in Fremont, California. This silent film museum shows silent films at a very low cost. The museum is great for history buffs. It is location in the Niles section of Fremont.

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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The home for Charlie Chaplin films, this a working man's movie hall that lacks frill and has hard chairs (take a pillow.) Piano players change but ya, the B&W films did not rely on sound. For a feel of how it was, it is. Historic pre-Hollywood, that is Niles. Well worth you time and still cheap, as working cinema was... More 

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Montclair, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you are in the East Bay area and looking for something to do, take a short drive towards Fremont to visit Niles and its silent movie museum. The museum is on the site of the old Essanay film studio; the movie home of the first cowboy film star, Bronco Billy Anderson, and Charlie Chaplin. It's time well spent if... More 

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

My family and I make going to this place a nice tradition they're open every week and even on events like the super bowl (for people that don't watch it). It's a fun place to hang out and watch old films.

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Address: 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
Phone Number: (510) 494-1411
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fremont
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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