Charlie Chaplin – Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Dad, Luigi and I went to the Charlie Chaplin Museum in the Niles District of Fremont today. It is only about five miles from us, but we have never been to the museum before. It had just opened at noon, and we had it pretty much to ourselves and they gave us a private tour. It was so great and so interesting. There were lots of pictures and Neal, our volunteer docent, told us all the stories and histories. They had all the original crank cameras and films and authentic artifacts. The screening room walls lined with tin – full of old film cameras, the original, turn-of-the century projection room and adorned with century-old graffiti! The details in the background and history were captivating. Absolutely awesome piece of history of the town, the studios, the stars. You really feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Charlie Chaplin made five films in Niles, including The Tramp. I highly recommend everyone stopping in and visiting this museum. The tour is free and was so informative. And they will take you to parts of the museum you just will not discover walking around on your own. We were so surprised and impressed with this museum. Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons they show original silent films for $5.00 including live piano and guest celebrities and they encourage the audience to participate with boos and cheers, etc. We now have the current schedule and definitely are going back to enjoy the films.