A Day with Charlie

Saturday, February 25, 2017
2:00 PM - 5:00 pm
Niles Film Museum, Edison Theater
37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94536


Travel back to a simpler time, the 1920ís. Silent movies, The Flickers, are all the rage. The whole world is in love with them and can't get enough. Film stars are as beloved as the family dog, and one of the biggest stars of the silver screen, Charlie Chaplin has come north from Hollywood to visit his old stomping grounds in Niles, Ca. Back in 1915, Mr.Chaplin came to Niles and made and directed his own movies under an Essanay Studios contract. Louella Parsons, who once worked for Essanay in Chicago, is now a Hollywood gossip columnist, she's on hand to ask Charlie about his early days in Niles. We'll be treated to viewings of some of Charlie's comedy shorts, complete with a live piano accompaniment. Afterwards, its time to meet Charlie and pose for photos and get an autograph with The Little Tramp himself. Donít forget your Autograph book!

If you haven't seen silent film on the big screen with live music, you are sure in for a treat! The historic Edison Theater is a great authentic movie house that operated in Niles from 1913-1923. Bring the kiddies, it will be fun for the whole family!


1915-1928 day dress suitable for wearing to a movie theater.

Links for Inspiration:

Decades of Style. A local company dedicated to producing authentic reproducton sewing patterns: http://www.decadesofstyle.com/collections/1920s-sewing-patterns

Past Patterns. Copies of original 1920s sewing patterns: http://www.pastpatterns.com/1920.html

One Hour Dress Pattern. A popular style from the 1920s, popularized by Mary Brooks Picken. A search on Etsy will uncover many of these patterns as well as digitized copies of Picken's pamphlet.

Easy Costuming Suggestons: http://www.vintagedancer.com

Festive Attyre Costume Blog, for a one hour dress: http://www.festiveattyre.com/2014/05/1-hour-dress-lawn-party-edition.html

Gentleman's Emporium. Look in the Edwardian section for ready-made fashions for men: http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/gentlemans.php


Niles Film Museum, Edison Theater
37417 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, California 94536
http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org (map)


From San Francisco:
Cross on the San Mateo bridge, go south on highway 880, exit at Alvarado Niles Blvd, turn left at the light and go over the freeway. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is on the right just past the freeway. Continue on Alvarado Niles (after the road crosses Decoto, it becomes Niles Blvd) for several miles (and lots of stop lights). The road will narrow to one lane each direction and you will pass the Mission Adobe Nursery on your right. To get to the Edison Theater,continue a couple blocks through downtown Niles until you get to G and H Streets, the Edison Theater is in between them on the right.

From the North (East Bay):
Take 880 south and follow the directions above after exiting on Alvarado Niles. Alternatively, take Mission Blvd (State Route 238) south from Interstate 580 in Hayward, turn right on Nursery Blvd, turn left onto Niles Blvd, and follow the directions listed above.

From the Peninsula:
Cross the Dumbarton bridge, continue east on Decoto Road (DO NOT get onto the 880 freeway-stay in the left hand lane where it says Freeway ends - then work your way over to the right lane within a couple miles) until you reach the intersection with Niles Blvd. (You will see a Taco Bell on your right), turn right onto Niles Blvd and go about two miles - follow directions as listed above.

From the South Bay and Highway 880:
Take 880 to the Mowry Blvd.exit. Turn right and drive to Central Fremont (towards the hills). Make a left at Mission Blvd.,turn left onto Niles Blvd, go under RR tracks, road makes sharp turn to the right, continue through downtown Niles until you get to G and H Streets, the Edison Theater is in between the two streets on the left.

From Highway 680:
Take Interstate 680 north, exit on the Mission Blvd Blvd, go north about 6 miles, turn left onto Niles Blvd, go under RR tracks, road makes sharp turn to the right, continue through downtown Niles until you get to G and H Streets, the Edison Theater is in between on the left.


Plentiful parking is in a free lot across the street from the theater. Free street parking is also available.

Menu & Shopping:

There will be a snack bar with popcorn, ice cream, candy and drinks available. Please bring cash. There is a nice gift shop that features silent film books and memorabilia if you'd like to shop.


Very child friendly, ages 4 and up recommended.

Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/1223068901116216/

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