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Remembering the ‘good old days’ when silent movies were made in Kenilworth

by Walter E. Boright.

Before the young motion picture industry moved to sunny California, films were produced in the east, including a number of silent movies in New Orange and, later, when it became Kenilworth. Perhaps it was because motion picture pioneer Thomas A. Edison had his laboratories in this region that motion pictures flourished in the Northeast so many years ago.

But why Kenilworth? John McCoy (1913-1980) of Kenilworth provides an answer in his book, “The Saga of a Shortline” (1976). He wrote, “The bucolic countryside and the leisure schedule of the Rahway Valley Railroad, brought the movie makers to Kenilworth.”

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