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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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I've not visited yet, but had a hand, years ago, in getting this organization set up. Niles is one of the most important, and largely-overlooked, places in film history. Gave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2016
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Arroyo Grande, California
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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

I've not visited yet, but had a hand, years ago, in getting this organization set up. Niles is one of the most important, and largely-overlooked, places in film history. Gave birth to the Western as we now know it, AND to Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Don't miss this place.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We were invited by our neighbors to Niles to see Charlie Chaplin films here at the museum. It was so informative and intimate. This venue is truly keeping the love of silent film alive! Check out the museum store for interesting gifts for friends and for yourself.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The museum is small but covers an interesting chapter in film history. Niles, California was the location of the western branch of the Essanay Film Company. Charlie Chaplin made a few films here as did Broncho Billy (G.M. Anderson). The nearby Niles Canyon location was used in a number of films – having obviously a canyon, but also a river,... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Take a step back in time - silent movies were made here, by only the best. Lots of history here, the photos are revealing - try to envision present-day Niles in that older era. It must have been spectacular.

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1 Thank Robert R
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 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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Fairborn, Ohio
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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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