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Essanay Film Studio

ESSANAY FILM STUDIO  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 ...

ESSANAY FILM STUDIO 

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. 



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