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June 3, 2014 > Chaplin revisited: 100 years in film

Chaplin revisited: 100 years in film

Submitted By Rena Kiehn

A legendary Hollywood actor will once again be celebrated in the Bay Area, marking his 100th year in film this year. Much has been attributed to his career since his early days as a rising actor in Niles during the era of silent films. This year, downtown Niles will once again pay homage to one of the greatest icons in the film industry - Charlie Chaplin.

On the weekend of June 7 and 8, downtown Niles will have a nostalgic vibe as it celebrates ÒCharlie Chaplin Days. Classic films will be shown on both days at the Edison Theater including: A Night Out, The Champion, In the Park, A Jitney Elopement, and The Tramp. There is a suggested donation of 50 cents; popcorn and snacks will be available. The fun does not stop there as penny carnival games will be set up such as Bean Bag Toss and High Striker.

On Saturday, a full lineup of movies and documentaries is on schedule. The Movies Go West documentary about Niles will be narrated by local resident Hal Angus. World renowned film preservationist David Shepard graces the event with a presentation of ÒCharlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp at 100 Years, a two-hour survey with commentary by Shepard. The program begins with ChaplinÕs first film, Kid Auto Races at Venice, the first film to introduce us to his famous character, The Little Tramp. The program also includes two other complete shorts along with sequences from The Tramp, A DogÕs Life, Shoulder Arms, The Pilgrim, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times and The Great Dictator. There is limited seating, so itÕs best to get tickets in advance at

On Sunday, a lookalike contest will pay homage to the legendary actor. Those interested are invited to dress like him or another classic movie star; the venue has some costumes that willing participants may also use. Also appearing on Sunday is historian John Bengtson, who will speak at 3 p.m. about the locations of ChaplinÕs films.

For more information and to get advance tickets, please e-mail or call (510) 494-1411 and leave a message. The event is co-sponsored by the Niles Main Street Association and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

Charlie Chaplin Days
Saturday, Jun 7 and Sunday, Jun 8
11 a.m.
Niles Boulevard
Between F and I Streets
Downtown Niles, Fremont
(510) 494-1411

Activities both Saturday & Sunday:

Charlie Chaplin film shorts
Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont
Tickets: 50 cents (suggested donation)

Movie Schedule:
11:30 a.m.: A Night Out w/ Ben Turpin
12:30 p.m.: The Champion
1:15 p.m.: In the Park
2:30 p.m.: A Jitney Elopement
3:30 p.m.: The Tramp

Saturday, Jun 7:
1:30 p.m.: The Movies Go West documentary (50cents)
7:30 p.m.: Silent Film Screening (suggested donation $5), Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp at 100 Years

Sunday, Jun 8:
Train ride through Niles Canyon, visit
GoogleÕs Chaplin Doodle
2:00 p.m.: Lookalike contest
3:00 p.m.: John BengtsonÕs talk on ChaplinÕs film locations
4:00 p.m.: When the Movies Came from Niles documentary (suggested donation $2)

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