Chaplin on Location in Niles

Silent film locations detective John Bengtson investigates THE CHAMPION

The top of the extant Edison Theater (box) peeks over the fence, while the color view shows the side of the theater today, now home to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum 

In his latest post to the Silent Locations blog, silent film locations expert and author John Bengtson zooms in on The Champion, which will be screening at the Castro Theatre with live accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Lance Dresser on Saturday, December 3rd, at 10 am, as part of SFSFF's A Day of Silents.

A boxing comedy filmed entirely on location in Niles, The Champion was the second of five films Chaplin made for Essanay during his brief stay in the Bay Area before returning to Los Angeles to finish out his one-year contract with the studio. The film provides charming views of early Niles, including the former Essanay Studio facility that once stood at the corner of Niles Boulevard and G Street...

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