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May 30, 2006 > Charlie Chaplin Days

Charlie Chaplin Days

The strut, the cane, the bowler, the mustache ... they'll all be back in Niles after an absence much too long.

The Niles Main Street Association and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum invite you to join them June 3 and 4 in a celebration of the beloved silent film icon, Charlie Chaplin, in historic downtown Niles. Lots of fun activities are planned and plenty of "Charlies" will be roaming the streets all weekend. Don't miss your chance to win the look-alike contest on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the museum. Don't look like Charlie? No problem, just dress like any movie star to compete.

One particular Little Tramp will try to board the train to Sunol while the "police" stumble all over themselves trying to catch him. This act will be filmed by a Japanese production crew shooting a documentary about the world-renowned actor. Train rides through Niles Canyon will be operating and for a suggested modest donation (Children ages 3 - 12, $5; Infants - 2 years, free; Seniors, $8; General, $10), visitors can visit Sunol and return. More information and schedules at

Did you know that Chaplin filmed several short films in Niles back in 1915? Well, see for yourself at the Niles Esannay Film Museum's Edison Theater at 37417 Niles Blvd. Tickets go for a suggested donation of two quarters with popcorn and snacks will also be available. Don't miss getting a seat for a special Saturday night showing of "The Kid", one of Chaplin's most famous films. It features a fetching child actor named, Jackie Coogan. Sound track will be provided by pianist Greg Pane. Tickets will be on sale from Noon to 4 p.m. - seating is very limited.

Cakewalks, bean bag tosses, booths and more, it's a great family fun weekend in Niles.

For more information, call (510) 494-1411 or visit

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