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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

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Address: 37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536-2949
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+1 510-494-1411
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 film....It's just down the road....really.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We enjoyed looking at the old photos and film cameras at this homegrown museum run by volunteers. It is surrounded by antique shops up and down the charming street of Niles, a part of Fremont city. The locals have lovingly revived the theater behind the museum and run silent films every Saturday night. I loved the gift shop which had... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Definitely not comfortable chairs but remember you are in a MUSEUM. It's cute to watch the old black and white silent movies and eat popcorn. something different.

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central coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

You don't have to be a film nerd to have a great time here--and it's cheep, cheep! Every Saturday night you can see silent films as intended. Projected in a real old theater with live accompaniment and trivia. Great selections and commentary from people who really know their stuff. Always a short and a cartoon, plus a raffle! There's nowhere... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

As a museum this place is not that impressive. It's small, limited and looks more like a small antique shop than a proper museum. But what is very impressive is how the people who keep this place going make it easy to experience that 100 years old setting. They do really amazing things. They play silent movies in the original... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 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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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 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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