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Newhall in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

End of an Era

Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

 
 
End of an Era Marker image. Click for full size.
February 5, 2011
1. End of an Era Marker
Inscription.  Near where you are now standing, silent film comic Charlie Chaplin, with Paulette Goddard at his side, appeared in the final scene of the epic comedy Modern Times. The film was released on February 5, 1936, nearly ten years into the talkie era, and was the last major silent film ever produced. It was here that Chaplin's most famous character, "The Little Tramp,” ambled off for the last time, drawing the curtain on the Silent Era.

Modern Times was released during the Great Depression and showed how “The Little Tramp” struggled to survive in an industrialized society.

Photographs and lobby cards from the film.
 
Erected 2011 by Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 34° 22.492′ N, 118° 31.422′ W. Marker is in Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Newhall Avenue west of Railroad Avenue. Located adjacent
Marker Unveiling Ceremony image. Click for full size.
February 5, 2011
2. Marker Unveiling Ceremony
On the 75th anniversary of the movie’s release. Touching the marker is film historian and author Leonard Maltin.
to Hart Park at the historic railroad depot, open Sat-Sun 1-4. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24101 Newhall Avenue, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edison House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Revolution (approx. 0.3 miles away); American Bison (approx. 0.3 miles away); William J. Johnston Jr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhall.
 
More about this marker. The intended location for this marker is 25 miles northeast of here, on Sierra Highway at Thomas Road. Permission to install the marker was not granted, so it was placed here.
 
Also see . . .  Final Scene Video. High-quality two-minute video. (Submitted on June 14, 2018.) 
 
Final Scene image. Click for full size.
1936
3. Final Scene
Final Scene Today image. Click for full size.
2011
4. Final Scene Today
The location has not changed much in 75 years. This is on Sierra Highway, 3.4 miles east of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, looking west.
Train Station image. Click for full size.
2017
5. Train Station
Home of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society museum, and the location of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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