cowboyBay seniors may not be aware of how close we came to becoming Hollywood. Back in 1912 the Essanay Film Company set up production in Fremont, shooting an early silent western starring Bronco Bill Anderson. Its producers built a $50,000 studio in Niles and for a few years they were shooting two 15-minute one-reelers every week. Charlie Chaplin even showed up. Not everyone has forgotten the town’s celluloid past. The Essanay Silent Film Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4. An adjacent movie theater runs an intermittent schedule, currently of Laurel and Hardy comedies.



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