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

End of an Era

Charlie Chaplinís “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.
 
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. Touch for map. Located adjacent to Hart Park at the historic railroad depot, open Sat-Sun 1-4. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24101 Newhall Avenue, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 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
Marker Unveiling Ceremony image. Click for full size.
February 5, 2011
2. Marker Unveiling Ceremony
On the 75th anniversary of the movieís release. Touching the marker is film historian and author Leonard Maltin.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 1.2 miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lyons Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 2.3 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.) 
 
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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. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. 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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