July 29, 2011 > Playland is coming to Niles
Playland is coming to Niles
Remember Playland at the Beach? It will be in Niles this Sunday
Submitted By Rena Dein
Last summer, showings of the documentary, Playland at the Beach, the much-loved San Francisco amusement park that closed in 1972 sold out. It's back again this Sunday, July 31. Bring your friends and explain it to your kids (and their kids)!
The sights, sounds and flavors of Playland are back throughout Niles too. It's It ice cream treat, invented at Playland, will be on sale for only $1.25 at Mr. Mikeys; Sno cones and Cotton Candy for $1 at Balloons to Go Go, salt water taffy and fudge at Kiki's, more fudge at Tyme for Tea, and hotdogs at The Nile Cafe. Check out the roller coaster quilt in Color Me Quilts & More store window and enter a special contest at Corrie Glass - you could win a handmade glass bead keychain... and listen to the sounds of Laffing Sal throughout town!
Come by the silent film museum (37417 Niles Blvd.) starting at noon for a tour and pick up your movie tickets. While there, get a list of places along Niles Boulevard offering a taste of Playland.
The movie matinee includes A Jitney Elopement with Charlie Chaplin driving his car down the unpaved Great Highway - you can even see the windmills that are still in Golden Gate Park today; Playland would soon be built just down the street. After the show, Tom Wyrsch, the filmmaker will be present for Q & A.; Marv Gold with the Playland-Not-At-The-Beach museum and fun center will talk about that nostalgic-ly fun place in El Cerrito and Ernie Fosselius of Hardware Wars fame will stop by (he is in the film as well.)
Niles is a fun place to visit any time but especially when combined with Playland at the Beach. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a unique event in a singular town honoring extraordinary magical memories.
Remembering Playland at the Beach
Sunday, July 31
All afternoon in Niles (Fremont)
Playland at the Beach, A Jitney Elopement and short subject
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
Tickets are available in advance at the box office Saturday or Sunday between
12 noon - 4 p.m. (until they sell out); online at www.nilesfilmmuseum.org; or (510) 494-1411 and leave a message. Seating is limited. Admission: $8 general, $6 museum members.