by Gary Meyer Robert Youngston’s When Comedy Was King (1960) played the Uptown Theatre in Napa and featured the antics of Charlie Chaplin, among others. I didn’t know one could laugh so hard. That’s when I realized there was a history to the movies. Starved for more, I couldn’t believe my pre-teen eyes when Silents […]
By Gary Meyer “We presented your picture entitled The Rink, featuring Charles Chaplin last night. Persistent laughter and shouting on the part of the audience brought down most of the house… We have been showing pictures many years without loss of life or damage to property. The Rink has proved a menace to real estate […]
By Gary Meyer The pure joy audiences experienced last weekend at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be extended this weekend in the small East Bay town of Niles where the annual Charlie Chaplin Days will take place all day Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7 with film screenings, art exhibits, contests and a Chaplin […]
by Michael Covino For a few bright heady years–-1913 to 1915–-the small East Bay town of Niles, about 20 miles south of Oakland, looked like it might offer Hollywood competition as the budding movie capital of the West. A sleepy agricultural town, it was awakened in 1869 when the transcontinental railroad arrived, surveyors having determined […]
by Gary Meyer Last weekend the San Francisco Silent Film Festival filled the Castro Theatre with many programs of dramas, adventures and comedies. The comedies—featuring Buster Keaton, Max Linder, Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin—had the audiences laughing long and loud.