On this Day in Movie History, April 14, 1894: The Kinetoscope First Demonstrated


On this day, April 14, 1894, the kinetoscope was demonstrated by its inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, in New York City.

A viewer that held 50 feet of film — about 13 seconds worth — showed images of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill.

The demonstration was actually called the first peep show, as one had to peep into the device to see what was on the film.

Movies were not projected on a screen at that time.


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