The First Kinetoscope Parlor Was Opened in New York City in 1894

1911-- It was 23 years before this film was made that Thomas Edison proclaimed, "I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the Eye what the phonograph does for the Ear..." He built a Strip Kinetograph, which was able to take pictures so quickly, that they seemed to actually move. Then Edison built a a machine to watch these movies-- a Kinetoscope, later called a Nickelodeon. For five cents, someone could watch a 20-30 second silent movie about. The first kinetoscope parlor opened on April 14, 1894, at 1155 Broadway in New York City, near 28 Street, which just happens to be in the Flatiron district, named for the building in the middle of the opening frame. Click here for more information.

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