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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

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Funky free museum when Niles was the hub of the silent film industry. Charlie Chaplain got his... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2018
Jim K
Gahanna, Ohio
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Viewed Charlie Chaplin and Bronco Billy films, all filmed in Niles Canyon back in the 1920's. Tour... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2018
San Francisco
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37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536-2949
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Funky free museum when Niles was the hub of the silent film industry. Charlie Chaplain got his start here, and Bronco Billy made serveral cowboy films a week in Niles Canyon, don't miss the Canyon Drive. The museum staff love their jobs and have many...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Viewed Charlie Chaplin and Bronco Billy films, all filmed in Niles Canyon back in the 1920's. Tour of historic movie theater with original film projectors located in original projection booth. Great docents who were very knowledgeable and so interesting.

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Reviewed June 10, 2018

Since childhood, we have been watching Charlie Chaplin or Laurel & Hardy, I had never thought one day I will be actually visiting a studio where these films were shot. There is so much history in this museum. We couldn't see the silent film they...More

Thank Dhananjay P
Reviewed April 15, 2018

Saw the restored earthquake films from San Francisco. This is a very unique and great place to visit.

Thank MsPinot
Reviewed April 12, 2018

This museum situated in “Historic Niles” was much better than I expected. I knew very little about silents movies except for a few names and titles, so I was somewhat unenthusiastic about going in the first place. I left the museum feeling very glad that...More

Thank Eurmac
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Happened to be in the area on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Went inside, saw a silent movie. The inside before you get into the theater has nice vintage decorations and a museum type feel. We watched a comedy. It was very good, just got a...More

Thank Shaunt S
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Charlie Chaplin, and many other film stars of that era. Movies are shown weekly with popcorn and all. All the movies are vintage. When was the last time you seen A Laurel and Hardy Movie?

Thank William S
Reviewed June 17, 2017

We took a guided tour lead by a docent. We learned some cool history about the silent movie industry. Who knew that the Fremont/Pleasanton Area was an area where silent movies were once filmed!?!

Thank LisaandRod93013
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

This is a quaint little out of the way area that houses the museum. My wife, a lifelong native of the Bay Area, never knew it was there or that films had been made here in the silent film era. A little piece of fun...More

1  Thank Brett H
Reviewed February 16, 2017

This theater is for the movie buff who loves the nostalgia of early cinema...Historically accurate depictions of the area where Hollywood began...From Tom Mix to Clara Bowe and more....If you want to see where the girl was tied-up on the railroad tracks in the Silent...More

Thank David S
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