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July 10, 2018 > Charlie Chaplin Days

Charlie Chaplin Days

Submitted By the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

Art exhibits, special film screenings, contests and other fun will be happening in honor of Niles most famous son ? Charlie Chaplin. Co-sponsored with the Niles Main Street Association, Charlie Chaplin Days July 13 ? 15 brings a weekend packed with special events and guest speakers to the historical Fremont town. Come join the fun!

Friday, Jul 13:
Walking Tour of San Francisco Silent Film Locations
1:00 p.m.
Fee: $12
Begin the weekend with a silent film walking tour, conducted by Rory O?Connor under the auspices of the Friends of the Library City Guides. The starting point is The Station Cafe, 596 Pacific Street. Please RSVP with Rena Kiehn at

An Exploration of Physical Comedy
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 museum member, $10 non-member
Funny man Dan Kamin hosts a group panel on the moving adventures of Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Arbuckle and Lupino Lane and some female greats. Clips of the various stars will highlight the shared discussion about this extremely important part of the silent era.

Kamin created Robert Downey, Jr.?s comedy moves in ?Chaplin? and Johnny Depp?s in ?Benny and Joon.? Considered a leading authority on Chaplin?s comedy and body language, he?s written two books on the subject and done several commentary tracks, including for the recent Criterion edition of ?The Great Dictator.? The panel includes professor John Fawell, who writes widely on film and literature; actor, writer, producer, director and Chaplin performer Jeffrey Weissman; professional Chaplin performer, actor, filmmaker and playwright Jason Allin; Steve Massa (on video), author of ?Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy? and ?Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy?; and Paul Mular, a Hal Roach Studio expert who has been involved in the television industry for decades.

Saturday, Jul 14:
Walking Tour of Niles
11:00 a.m.
$5 donation
Wear some walking shoes and find out what happened here 100 years ago. Important landmarks will be discussed and stories will be shared! Meet at the museum and bring your camera. Includes our museum Walking Tour of Niles booklet.

Free Screenings
11:00 a.m.
?Broncho Billy and the Bandit?s Secret? (2013)
?Window to the Past? (2017)

Saturday Afternoon Matinees
12:30 p.m.: ?The Champion? (1915)
1:15 p.m.: ?One A.M.? (1916), audio commentary by Kamin
2:45 p.m.: ?The Movies Go West? (1974), narrated by Hal Angus
3:15 p.m.: ?The Tramp? (1915)
Tickets: 50 cents per film

Chaplin as a Director
2:00 p.m.
Charlie Chaplin?s remarkable life and comedic talent have been the focus of countless popular and scholarly studies. Professor John Fawell from Boston University will highlight the screen icon?s significance as a filmmaker. Author of ?The Essence of Chaplin,? Fawell will talk about the heart of Chaplin?s cinema ? his silent works starring his alter-ego, Charlie ? and examines both his great silent film features like ?The Kid,? ?The Gold Rush? and ?Modern Times,? and his shorter, earlier films like ?The Immigrant,? ?The Pawn Shop,? ?The Pilgrim? and ?A Dog?s Life.?

Chaplin Locations in Hollywood and the Bay Area
4:00 p.m.
Internationally known film historian Marc Wanamaker and business lawyer, author, and film historian John Bengtson will share places you can still check out where Charlie filmed scenes for such films as ?City Lights,? ?The Circus,? ?The Kid? and his films made while working for the Essanay film company in Northern and Southern California.

Saturday Night at the Silents Show
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 members, $10 non-members
Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan star in ?The Kid? (1921), a masterpiece of a film. You can still visit some locations that were filmed in downtown Hollywood and Olvera Street, Los Angeles. David Totheroh will introduce the legendary film and share stories about its making ? including a few shared by his grandfather, Rollie, who was Chaplin?s longtime cinematographer. The film is preceded by shorts ?Chaplin?s Flea Circus? (unused bit from ?The Kid?) and ?A Night at the Show? (1915).

Sunday, Jul 15
Sunday Morning Talk for Diehards: Charlie?s Musical Career
10:00 a.m.
Journey into an aspect of Charlie?s career that often gets forgotten. The music! Chaplin was born and bred in the music halls and carried that passion into, not just his film-making career, but as a recording artist himself. Not only did he write and record the soundtracks to most of his films, but he also created his own production company and wrote songs that later went on to become hits for other singers. This fun-filled talk led by Nigel Dreiner will include music written by and for Chaplin throughout his dynamic career.

Train Ride Through the Canyon
11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $14 adults, $11 seniors, $8 children 3-12, 2 & under free
Be at the train station off Mission Boulevard by 11:00 a.m. for the 75-minute ride through Niles canyon. Visit for more information.

Sunday Afternoon Matinees: Essanay Short Films Made in Niles
11:30 a.m.: ?A Night Out? (1915)
12:15 p.m.: ?The Champion? (1915)
1:45 p.m. ?In the Park? (1915)
2:15 p.m.: ?A Jitney Elopement? (1915)
3:00 p.m.: ?The Tramp? (1915)
3:45 p.m.: ?When the Movies Came from Niles? (1964 documentary)
Tickets: 50 cents per film

Charlie Look-Alike Contest
1:15 p.m.
We have some costumes if you want to ?suit up? or wear your own. You may win a prize! The Google Doodle on Chaplin (2011) will be shown before the contest.

Show & Tell with Jason Allin
5:00 p.m.
The Chaplin Guy reflects on ?The Great Dictator,? talks about his upcoming documentary and beyond. After being inspired by viewing just the trailer for Kathryn Millard?s documentary ?The Bootcake? (2008), Allin launched a Kickstarter project which landed him in London and Adipur, India. You will see the trailer for his new documentary ?Charlie Champion? (2019). Allin will share what viewing ?The Great Dictator? meant to him and how he has been carrying on its message of hope.

An All Weekend Pass for $39 includes all programs, weekend theater seat reservation (specific seat of your choice), and a ticket for the 11:20 Sunday train ride. Add the San Francisco Silent Film Walking Tour for only $10. For tickets and more information, visit

Charlie Chaplin Days
Friday ? Sunday, Jul 13 ?15
Downtown Niles & Edison Theater
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(510) 494-1411
All Weekend Pass: $39

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