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Exploration of Silent Film Era Returns Memorial Day Weekend

NEWHALL CALIF. – Hearken back to the early days of the silent film area and rediscover some of the most famous movies ever made at the 2023 Newhallywood Silent Film Festival, scheduled for May 26 to 29 at venues in Old Town Newhall. The City of Santa Clarita is proud to give residents a unique opportunity to experience some of the entertainment industry’s defining productions.

In addition to screening some of the most famous silent films made in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Newhallywood Silent Film Festival will also celebrate the centennial anniversaries of three timeless motion pictures, as well as the careers of pioneers Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B. DeMille. The festival begins on May 26 with four days of free film screenings in Newhall and a special ticketed tour experience on Memorial Day.

On Friday, May 26, the festival kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with the first of three films hitting the 100-year mark – “The Pilgrim” – at 8:00 p.m. at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts. It will be shown as part of a double feature with another Chaplin classic, “The Adventurer” (1917). “The Pilgrim” features a scene shot at the Saugus Train Station. The evening will conclude at The MAIN with a showing of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1923), which also celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, at 11:00 p.m. as part of the festival’s “Silent Screams” program that celebrates achievements in the horror genre.

A full day of programming on Saturday, May 27, begins at 1:00 p.m. with screenings of Chaplin’s “Kid Auto Races” (1914) and “The Kid” (1921) followed by Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” (1925) at 4:00 p.m.  At 8:00 p.m., Cecil B. DeMille will be inducted into the Newhallywood Hall of Fame and attendees can enjoy a screening of “The Ten Commandments” (1923), which also turns 100 this year. All these screenings will be held at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts.  The day ends with the second “Silent Screams” program, featuring the classic vampire film “Nosferatu” (1922) at the MAIN at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 28, will present three screenings at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts, Chaplin’s “City Lights” (1931) at 1:00 p.m., DeMille’s “Male and Female” (1919), and concluding with Charlie Chaplin being formally inducted into the Newhallywood Hall of Fame followed by a screening of “Modern Times” (1936).

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, features “Bustour” Keaton from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Ticketholders will experience a one-of-a-kind tour of important sites in the history of film, including locations in Hollywood such as Sennett Studios, Edendale, Chaplin Studios, Hollywood Forever and Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd Alley. Tickets for “Bustour” Keaton can be purchased for $45 per person.

The festival concludes with a screening of DeMille’s “The Squaw Man” (1914) at 8:00 p.m. at The MAIN (24266 Main Street) in Old Town Newhall. “The Squaw Man” is considered the first feature film made in Hollywood.

For a full schedule of events taking place during the Newhallywood Silent Film Festival, please visit NewhallywoodFilmFest.org.


Attention all Urban Cowboys! Cowboy life and Western Culture set to come to life on April 22, 23 on Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

SANTA CLARITA, CA – The City of Santa Clarita’s Cowboy Festival is set to return for its 27th year after a three-year pause. The world-class event, which features the sights, sounds and style of Cowboy life and Western culture is scheduled for April 22 and 23, with a new urban venue for 2023 – Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

General admission to the Cowboy Festival remains free and attendees will be treated to a variety of live music performances and entertainment on Main Street, as well as The MAIN theater. Special ticketed evening performances will be held at the Canyon Theatre Guild and the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts in Newhall. Additional information and tickets for these shows will be released soon. In addition, food and beverages will be available for purchase and guests can shop from vendors offering unique Western apparel, crafts and more. Food, apparel and gear vendor applications are now being accepted through February 20. Prospective vendors can learn more about the event and apply at CowboyFestival.org.

The 2023 Cowboy Festival will feature favorite performers from festivals past, as well as a variety of new musicians presenting country western, folk and bluegrass performances across three stages on Main Street. Additionally, there will be a limited number of VIP packages available for purchase. Details on VIP package amenities and pricing will be announced as they are finalized.

Leading up to the Cowboy Festival, a Wild Wild West SENSES Block Party will be held on Main Street on Thursday, April 20 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and feature live music, themed activities, an on-street bar and more. The Walk of Western Stars will unveil its 2023 inductees on Friday, April 21. This event will commemorate the inductees’ contributions to Western entertainment history by immortalizing their names in bronze and terrazzo tile, stamped into the streets of Old Town Newhall.

Details and ticket information for special events taking place as part of the Cowboy Festival, as well as opportunities to volunteer, will be made available in the coming weeks. To learn more about the 2023 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, please visit CowboyFestival.org.


Annual Kick-Off to the Holiday Season to Take Place November 19.

Newhall, Calif. – When you think of the holiday season, do you imagine yourself in a Winter Wonderland? A pile of snow? Taking pictures with Santa? If so, then you’re in luck! The City of Santa Clarita is thrilled to welcome the community to Light Up Main Street in Old Town Newhall on Saturday, November 19, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy holiday festivities with family, friends and neighbors during an evening out on Main Street in the City’s premiere Arts and Entertainment District.

Join the Santa Clarita City Council in front of the Santa Clarita Public Library Old Town Newhall Branch as they flip the switch and illuminate a giant Christmas tree, as well as thousands of lights along Main Street, at 6:00 p.m. Following the tree lighting, attendees can enjoy live tunes from Michael Physick on the Main Stage (Main Street and Lyons Avenue) until 8:00 p.m. and dance the night away to a blend of holiday favorites and Top 40 hits. In front of The MAIN theatre, eventgoers can relish the sounds of eight different performance groups on the Community Stage, which can be found between Market Street and 6th Street.

 Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus, play in real snow, write letters to Santa, create festive crafts and witness an ice sculptor create a masterpiece in real time. Enjoy flavorful foods from local businesses or tasty treats from food trucks on site. Be sure to stop by the Maker’s Marketplace as well to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans.

The City of Santa Clarita would like to thank Infiniti of Valencia, Logix Federal Credit Union, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Snow OrthodonticsLaw Offices of Owen, Patterson & Owen, Re/Max, Thomas Pools and State Farm Insurance Agent Nilton Rodrigues for their support of Light Up Main Street.

Residents are asked to be mindful of road closures that will be in effect for Light Up Main Street. Lyons Avenue will be closed between Walnut Street and Railroad Avenue, and Main Street will be closed between Lyons Avenue and the roundabout. Residents are asked to use Railroad Avenue or Newhall Avenue as a detour. Closures on Main Street will begin at 8:00 a.m. on November 19, while the rest will follow at 10:00 a.m. All closures will be lifted by midnight.

Free public parking is available at the parking structure on 9th Street between Main Street and Railroad Avenue, as well as at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street). To find more information about Light Up Main Street, please visit OldTownNewhall.com.

UCLA Hockey Returns to The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center in Valencia for the 2022-2023 Season.

VALENCIA, Calif. – Welcome back, UCLA Hockey! The City of Santa Clarita and The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center | Powered by FivePoint, are excited to announce the return of the UCLA Men’s Hockey Team for the 2022-23 season. Just this year, the Bruins joined the West Coast Hockey Conference (WCHC) and will now compete against top teams, both nationally and in Southern California and Arizona. 

Fifteen UCLA games will be held at The Cube over the course of the 2022-23 season, including one against cross-town rival USC. Additionally, The Cube will host the WCHC Playoffs in early February 2023. The first home game for UCLA will be against the Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday, October 7, at 8:30 p.m. at The Cube. General admission is free but is subject to change. Times vary for each game, so please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com for a full list.

The 2022-23 UCLA home schedule at The Cube is listed below:

  • October 7 vs. Loyola Marymount University
  • October 9 vs. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • October 14-15 vs. University of Connecticut
  • October 22-23 vs. Northern Arizona University
  • October 28-29 vs. University of Denver
  • November 4 vs. USC
  • December 2 vs. Long Beach State University
  • January 20 and 22, 2023 vs. Grand Canyon University
  • January 27, 2023, vs. University of Northern Colorado
  • February 3, 2023, vs. Loyola Marymount University
  • February 9–12, 2023 – WCHC Playoffs
  • March 3, 2023, vs. San Diego State University

While you cheer on the Bruins, make sure you stop by The Grille to order your fan favorite foods, snacks and drinks. Remember, it is always a chilly 54 degrees inside The Cube, so stay warm by visiting the City Store for sweatshirts, blankets and more! For more information about UCLA hockey games at The Cube, please visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com or call (661) 257-CUBE.

Strong Year for Filming in Santa Clarita, with films and shows such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, NCIS, Holey Moley, This Is Us, Perry Mason and more.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s fiscal year recently ended, and the film office saw record numbers in all categories when the final figures were tallied. The Santa Clarita Film Office issued 627 permits, leading to 1,729 film days, that generated $43.9 million in estimated economic impact to our local community from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Prior to the pandemic, the best fiscal year recorded was 2017/2018, with 560 permits issued, 1,377 film days recorded and an estimated $33 million in economic impact. The figures for 2021/2022 represent an 11 percent increase in permits, a 25 percent increase in film days and a 30 percent increase in the estimated economic impact when compared to fiscal year 2017/18.

Aside from the previous two years, which were affected by the pandemic, this is the seventh consecutive fiscal year the Santa Clarita Film Office has recorded more than 500 permits, over 1,300 film days and $30 million or more in estimated economic impact generated from location filming alone. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from filming that takes place on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit. 

Many factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita, including the City’s Film Incentive Program, Movie Ranch Overlay Zone, low-cost permit fees and expedited permit processing, along with the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. The Santa Clarita Valley is also located within the entertainment industry’s coveted “Thirty Mile Zone” and offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double as almost anywhere in the world. 

Last year, countless television shows took advantage of all the Santa Clarita Valley had to offer, and more than half of the film days reported in 2017 were attributed to TV production alone. Locally based shows included “The Afterparty,” “Cesar Milan: Better Human, Better Dog,” “CSI: Vegas,” “Good Trouble,” “Holey Moley,” “NCIS,” “Mayans M.C.,” “The Old Man” “Promised Land,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Westworld” and “Wipeout.

Other shows that were filmed on location in Santa Clarita this past year include “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lonestar,” “American Horror Stories,” “Dead to Me,” “The Dropout,” “Euphoria,” “Hacks,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” “The Offer,” “Pam & Tommy,” “The Patient,” “Perry Mason,” “The Rookie,” “Rutherford Falls,” “SEAL Team,” “The Terminal List” and “This Is Us.”

Numerous feature films were shot in Santa Clarita in the last year, including “Don’t Worry Darling” and “Kimi,” which were filmed at local sound stages. “9 Bullets,” “Amsterdam,” “Breaking,” “Dog,” “Jackass Forever,” “King Richard,” “North of The 10,” “Purple Hearts,” “Wildflower” and more were filmed on location around town. In addition, many music videos, a lot of online content and plenty of commercials were created right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider’s view of filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).

City of Santa Clarita presents ‘City Cinemas in The Park’ Debuting July 15, 2022 with Disney’s ‘Encanto.’

The City of Santa Clarita to screen free movies for the community at Central Park Start This Summer featuring Encanto, Guardians of the Galaxy, Shrek, and The Goonies.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Catch a movie under the stars with your family and friends – all for FREE this summer at Central Park! The City of Santa Clarita presents City Cinemas in the Park, which will take place every two weeks in July and August, offers a new way to watch a movie with family and friends in Santa Clarita.         

Grab your blankets and chairs and claim your spot on the grass to enjoy all-time classics and new favorites this summer at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. City Cinemas in the Park will use the same event space as Concerts in the Park, allowing attendees to sit back and relax as they enjoy a picnic dinner or a meal from a food truck on-site.

Each movie will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. Food trucks will begin selling at 7:00 p.m. The following is the 2022 City Cinemas in the Park schedule:

  • July 15 — Encanto (PG)
  • July 29 — Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
  • August 12 — Shrek (PG)
  • August 26 — The Goonies (PG)

            For more information on the City of Santa Clarita’s City Cinemas in the Park series, please visit Facebook.com/CityOfSantaClaritaEvents or email aeo@santa-clarita.com.

City of Santa Clarita Traffic Advisory – Nightly Closures on McBean Parkway Due to Gas Pipeline Replacement.

Construction to Begin June 27 with Closures to Last 12 Weeks

Valencia, Calif. – Starting Monday, June 27, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) crews will begin the installation of a new gas pipeline on the north side of Magic Mountain Parkway from Cheri Fleming Auto Center Drive to Fairways Drive, which will necessitate a roadway closure on McBean Parkway from Creekside Road to Magic Mountain Parkway.

The project is anticipated to last until mid-October and will require the nightly closure of southbound McBean Parkway from Creekside Road to Magic Mountain Parkway.

SoCalGas will work on the pipeline replacement project during the evening hours of 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to mitigate impacts on daytime and rush-hour traffic.

Southbound McBean Parkway will be closed nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. between Creekside Road and Magic Mountain Parkway. Southbound traffic will be detoured to eastbound Creekside Road and Cheri Fleming Auto Center Drive before connecting with Magic Mountain Parkway.

Drivers are asked to be aware of construction crews and traffic delays and to plan their routes accordingly. Residents are also asked to reduce their speed through the construction zone. The City of Santa Clarita thanks community members in advance for their understanding and support of this project. 

All measures will be taken by SoCalGas to complete the project in a safe and timely manner. ­­­For questions or concerns, please contact City of Santa Clarita Senior Public Works Inspector Kevin Viser at (661) 286-4028 by email at kvisor@santa-clarita.com.

Sights and Sounds of SENSES Block Parties return to Old Town Newhall, March 17 through October 20, 2022.

Monthly Themed Events Return for Full Season in 2022

Newhall, Calif. – Will you have the luck of the Irish and find a pot o’ gold at the end of a rainbow when SENSES Block Parties return to Old Town Newhall this month? SENSES Block Parties bring live music, food trucks and themed activities in a festive, adult setting to Main Street on the third Thursday of each month from March through October.

Let the shenanigans begin this St. Patrick’s Day at the Shamrockin’ SENSES on March 17, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Try your luck at the outdoor casino and sample Irish whiskey from the on-street bar provided by 8th & Rail while listening to the music of Craic in the Stone.

SENSES is a FREE event geared toward adults and features a new theme each month. Mark your calendar now for the full 2022 lineup, which includes:

  • Shamrockin’ SENSES – March 17
  • Wild West – April 21
  • Nintendo Party – May 19
  • Summer Camp – June 16
  • SENSES on the Pier – July 21
  • Flower Power – August 18
  • Outer Space – September 15
  • Fright Night – October 20

For more information about SENSES Block Parties, please visit OldTownNewhall.com or contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events division at (661) 250-3787 or aeo@santa-clarita.com.

Call for Youth Artists and Performers for Upcoming “Youth Arts Showcase” on March 19, 2022.

Local Musicians, Dancers and Artists Under the Age of 18 are Encouraged to Sign-Up Today!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is seeking local youth and student artists to voluntarily participate in the 6th annual Youth Arts Showcase on March 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Centre (20880 Centre Pointe Parkway).

The call for artists is open to a wide variety of specialties. The City is currently in need of solo musicians, choirs, bands, dance groups, dance instructors, drumline performers and chalk artists to be featured in the Youth Arts Showcase. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. This call is open to Santa Clarita Valley youth.

The annual Youth Arts Showcase celebrates the creativity of Santa Clarita Valley’s youth and students display their talents in many disciplines. Attendees will enjoy visual and performing arts, interactive art activities, youth art contests, an art gallery, art vendors, food trucks and much more.

Local youth may also submit their artwork and photography for the showcase’s art contest. This year’s art contest theme is “Generation Rescue: Sustainable Water for All,” highlighting the importance of climate change, its impact on water resources in local and global communities, and how youth are helping address this important global issue.

            Interested artists and performers under 18-years-of-age are encouraged to email Julia Rodriguez at ejrodriguez@santa-clarita.com. To learn more about the City’s upcoming Youth Arts Showcase and to apply for the art contest, please visit SantaClaritaArts.com/Youth-Arts-Showcase.

Merry-ville comes to Santa Clarita

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.,  – Sam’s Club is helping The Salvation Army of California get a jump start on the holidays with a donation that’s wrapped into a magical holiday moment for Santa Clarita area residents.

“Merry-ville” is a free event will include an ice rink, holiday-inspired chalets with interactive elements for kids and families, a virtual Santa experience, a holiday food truck, and much more.

A wishing tree will serve as a centerpiece for the event, giving families the opportunity to give the gift of hope this season by adopting children and families through the Angel Tree program. Sam’s Club is jumpstarting the program with a $10,000 donation to help local families at an invitation-only event on Thursday, Nov. 4.

For more 40 years, Sam’s Club and Walmart have worked together with the Salvation Army to meet the needs of people struggling in local communities across the U.S. This partnership has resulted in the giving of millions of dollars and in-kind product during times of disaster, as well as fundraising opportunities during the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle and Angel Tree holiday campaigns.

Join Santa Claus, Sam’s Club and the Salvation Army on Thursday evening for a special media preview of Merry-ville! Ring in the holiday season this weekend in Santa Clarita with the Merry-ville holiday spectacular. Merry-ville will tour the country, setting up a huge Christmas installation in Sam’s Club parking lots (including an ICE RINK). The five-week tour will kick off on Friday, November 5th in Santa Clarita, California then travel to Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia. Santa Clarita is the only stop on the west coast selected to host this inaugural event!

Thursday evening will feature dazzling ice skating performances, snow flurries, a human claw game, a virtual Santa experience, holiday inspired chalets and so much more!