1896 in film

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The following is an overview of the events of 1896 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.

List of years in film (table)


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Ad for Vitascope Hall, New Orleans, offering "an entirely new series of pictures".
  • April - Edison and Armat's Vitascope is used to project motion pictures in public screenings in New York City.
  • May 14 - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia is crowned in Moscow, the first coronation ever recorded in film.
  • July 26 - "Vitascope Hall" opens on Canal Street, New Orleans, the first business devoted exclusively to showing motion pictures at a fixed location [1]
  • October 19 - "Edisonia Hall" in Buffalo, New York, the first building constructed specifically for showing motion pictures. [2]
  • In France, magician and filmmaker Georges Méliès begins experimenting with the new motion picture technology, developing early special effect techniques, including stop motion.
  • The Pathé Frères film company is founded.
  • William Selig founds the Selig Polyscope Company in Chicago.
  • Demeny-Gaumont work on a 60 mm format, first known as Biographe (unperforated), then Chronophotographe (perforated).
  • Casimir Sivan and E. Dalphin create a 38 mm format.
The first kiss ever on film is in 1896 involving the great Canadian star May Irwin and John C. Rice.

Films released in 1896




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  2. Mast, Gerald; Kawin, Bruce F. (2007). "Birth". In Costanzo, William (ed). A Short History of the Movies (abridged 9th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>