On February 4 and 5, the William S. Hart Park and Museum, along with the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, “Modern Times” by hosting the 2011 ChaplinFest in Hart Park.
Revered by many as the last major film of the silent era, the movie’s final scene was filmed only 20 minutes away from cowboy star William S. Hart’s Horseshoe Ranch. On Saturday, February 5, a special plaque dedication will mark this famous film location on Sierra Highway, and will be held in conjunction with the ChaplinFest.
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Additional events will include screenings of Chaplin films, an exclusive one-day display of costumes and props from “Modern Times” including Chaplin’s famous overalls, and access to the Chaplin vendor room.
Tickets are available for specific events or package deals. For more event information, please visit www.scvchaplinfest.org or call the Hart Museum at 661-254-4584.
This event is made possible through the William S. Hart Park and Museum, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
William S. Hart Park and Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA, 91321. The Park and Museum are currently open for winter hours. The Park is open 7 days a week until 5:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The Museum is open for guided tours Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information on the Museum, visit www.hartmuseum.org or call (661) 254-4584. For more information on the Park visit parks.lacounty.gov or call (661) 259-0855.
Patrons are encouraged to visit Heritage Junction, home of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. In Heritage Junction, you can see a variety of historical buildings including the Saugus Train Station and Newhall Ranch House. The Historical Society’s museum is located inside the Saugus Train Station and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.scvhs.org
or call (661) 254-1275.