Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Lumiere Cinematographe At Coshocton Opera House

March 1897--A Lumiere Cinematographe was featured at Coshocton's Opera House for three nights. The Age article says, "To those who have never seen anything of the kind, this machine will prove very interesting. The pictures are thrown upon a canvas in a manner similar to a stereopticon, but with this difference that the figures or characters in the picture appear to move, and yet you could imagine you saw a real scene enacted before you." Prices for admission were 15-25 cents.

If you're interested in what these films looked like, there's a large selection at the American Memory site. This one of an auto parade, in quick time format, was filmed in 1899.


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