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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536-2949
+1 510-494-1411
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Nice Museum About Silent Movie Industry

We took a guided tour lead by a docent. We learned some cool history about the silent movie... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
San Ramon, California
Who Knew?

This is a quaint little out of the way area that houses the museum. My wife, a lifelong native of... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Brett H
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37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536-2949
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Reviewed 18 June 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 17 April 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

Thank Brett H
Reviewed 16 February 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
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank lindymiles
Reviewed 29 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.

Thank madaboutvegas
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank chuttipen
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...More

1  Thank heckfy
Reviewed 3 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...More

1  Thank 96donalds
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...More

Thank SandyWeber
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...More

Thank Traveling_Polymath
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