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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536-2949
+1 510-494-1411
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Wonderful Film History Cinema and Museum

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
MsPinot
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Northern California
Chaplin’s “The Tramp” Filmed Here

This museum situated in “Historic Niles” was much better than I expected. I knew very little about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eurmac
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Eureka, California
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37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536-2949
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+1 510-494-1411
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank MsPinot
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 10 August 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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