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January 20

The Movie Industry in Fremont CA

Join Rena Kiehn and David Kiehn from the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum discussed the time when major movies were produced right in our backyard. In addition, they told about the interesting and unique museum that is located in Niles celebrating silent movies and the stars who made them.

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

Rena and David shared about the time from 1913 to 1920 when this area was a hot spot for producers of silent films.  Essanay Studios built a western production studio in Niles to take advantage of the areas beauty and good weather.  The studio brought in multitudes of actors, directors and stage crews to staff their westerns, romances and comedies.  Charlie Chaplin’s famous movie The Tramp was filmed there in 1915.

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