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Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

37395 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 494-1411
Rating: 4.5 out of 5"56 Yelp reviews ·


  • Sat - Sun12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Back when Hollywood was mostly a desert, there was a thriving film industry in Northern California. Fremont's Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum chronicles these vibrant art form via posters, books, photographs and screenings in their theater. Visit the website to find out more on upcoming events.



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Michael T. at Yelp User Review1/12/2014Despite the hard seats (grab a few cushions!), I love going to see silents and hear film history in the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. Technically in Fremont, CA, the Niles area is where Charlie Chaplin began filming shorts in the early 20th century. There's a great gift shop and the docents speak … More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Kitty Z. at Yelp User Review11/13/2013I have never heard of this place until recently.Long drive, but for five bucks you get live piano and a chance to view silent films in what use to be an actual silent theater.My friend and I caught two of the short films. They are all funny.Honestly, I expected more festivities given it was a special occasion there. More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Mihir M. at Yelp User Review9/30/2013This is a very special place in Fremont, California. This silent film museum shows silent films at a very low cost. The museum is great for history buffs. It is location in the Niles section of Fremont. More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Rinky N. at Yelp User Review3/23/2013This now makes my TENTH update and doesn't even reflect the total number of times we've been here--at least 25 to 40 or more! I only recently started "check-ins".Another Comedy Night event and sold out house!Judy Rosenberg was the accompanist---she's beyond amazing---played for two hours--all … More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Surge C. at Yelp User Review3/17/2013I don't want to ruin the tour, so I will be brief with this review.1. This is a 501c3 non-profit2. They run on donations3. Everyone who works here is a volunteer and very knowledgeable about the history of Essanay, nickelodeons, the film industry, and Fremont history. 4. I learned more about Fremont and … More