Essanay Film Studio

Essanay Film Studio (HM17CT)

Location: Fremont, CA 94536 Alameda County
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N 37° 34.648', W 121° 58.883'

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The western branch studio of the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company stood on this site from 1913 to 1933. It was the first movie studio built for that purpose in Northern California.

The Essanay company of 52 people led by movie star cowboy Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson arrived in Niles in April 1912, attracted to this community by its favorable weather and Niles Canyon scenery.
Over 100 films were made from their headquarters in a barn on Second Street by the time the studio building was ready for occupancy the next year. In the next three years Essanay produced two hundred and fifty films here: Broncho Billy westerns, Snakeville Comedies, contemporary dramas and five by Charlie Chaplin, including The Tramp (1915).
The studio closed in 1916 due to a change in ownership and consolidation of production facilities at the main studio in Chicago. Nevertheless, the Niles studio was the most successful movie company in the San Francisco Bay Area during the silent era.
HM NumberHM17CT
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 2:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 589943 N 4159423
Decimal Degrees37.57746667, -121.98138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.648', W 121° 58.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 38.88" N, 121° 58' 52.98" W
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Area Code(s)510, 408, 925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 37299 Niles Blvd, Fremont CA 94536, US
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