January 5, 2016 > Letter to the Editor: Niles Film Museum donations
Letter to the Editor: Niles Film Museum donations
We, the Board of Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, thank you for supporting the Museum during 2015. In addition to one or more public shows with live music every week in an authentic nickelodeon-era theater, we participated in the new restorations of Charlie ChaplinÕs Essanay comedies that are now available in a boxed set on both Blu-ray and DVD with a bonus informational booklet.
During this year, our film collection grew by several hundred films. New additions include like-new Blackhawk prints of Chaplin, as well as other comedy shorts and several unique films. Our film collection is now close to 9,000 titles and growing fast enough that cataloging them has become a major challenge. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we recently received a challenge grant of $25,000 toward the estimated cost of $70,000 to support a specialist to work full time cataloging our film collection.
Please help continue our mission to preserve our local film heritage and share it through exhibitions of silent films with live music for general audiences and groups of school children. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Any amount will be gratefully received.
Thank you in advance for your support, and please come see us at the movies!
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536