Charlie & Edna with visitors, Niles, CA, 1915

Chaplin made five films for Essanay at their studio in Niles, which was a block or so away from where this photo was taken.

Photo source: Silent Traces by John Bengston


  1. I've been to Niles a few times and seen some of Chaplin's films (the shorts – like Pawnshop) played at their tiny Niles theater. You go in, grab a seat cushion from a pile and place it on the very hard chairs in the very tiny theater. Plus side – you are seeing the films run on the original projectors and you can go up and see the projectors after the films are done. Another plus, a stunning shop full of Silent movie stuff you can purchase.

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