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1906 in Film

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

A special exhibition of silent, short films made in 1906 or showing San Francisco in 1906, including the Miles Brothers short "A Trip Down Market Street"is presented with live piano accompaniment typical of film presentations of that era.

The Miles Brothers were pioneer filmmakers who had offices in both San Francisco and New York. The museum historian, David Kiehn, has recently uncovered interesting facts about this film which will be detailed during the show.

A feature film from 1927, "Old San Francisco," will round out the program. Although by modern standards not politically correct, the film is interesting in its depiction of early San Francisco and uses the 1906 earthquake as an element in the climax of the film.

This event is part of the museum's program to provide the public an opportunity to explore the history of film through film showings in a 1913 late nickelodeon theater with live musical accompaniment typical of that era.

The complete show is presented each evening.

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Friday, April 14, 2006 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 7:30 pm
The complete show will be presented each evening.


Niles Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd
Fremont, CA 94536


The films will show San Francisco of 1906 both before and after the great quake. Our in-house Film Historians will speak about the films and the persons involved in making these films.
The feature film will show how the 1906 earthquake was used cinematically.


General public. Suggested donation of $5

Volunteer Opportunities

Persons to usher.


Dorothy Bradley, (510) 494-1411

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