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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 494-1411
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Fremont
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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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15 attraction reviews
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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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Fremont, California
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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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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The entire staff is very knowledgeable about Niles and its film industry times. Very interesting information provided and VERY interesting pictures for Niles prior to becoming a District of Fremont.

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Oregon
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We purchased advance tickets via their website to attend the Comedy Short Subject Night. Other than the receipt from Paypal, we didn’t get any confirmation or instruction when/how to get the ticket. We arrived at 6:45pm for 7:30pm showing. The museum (theater) was closed and the sign said the door will open at 7pm. About 20 people were congregated by... More 

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