There’s no agreement on a single “inventor” of movies, but the first projection of a filmed moving image for a paying audience occurred in Paris on December 28, 1895 when brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière turned down the lights at the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines and showed La Sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon) as the first of 10 short scenes they’d filmed.

It seems quaint in its simplicity today, but audiences at the time were thrilled.

Check it out after the jump.

Thanks to Joe Leydon for the reminder

6 Responses to “Cinema turns 116 years old today”

  1. Yep, the Lumieres are the ones that are best applied to this general scenario of discovery, though of course we know our now even more famous Melies (and Edison) are part of this equation too.

  2. Yes and speaking of Melies, today would be a great day to celebrate by going to see the Melies-centric Hugo again which also featured the Lumiere’s Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.

  3. Ah, you are tempting me there my friend!!! Ha!

  4. Cinema, you’re so old~~~
    I remember when I was in high school, I wrote a monograph on cinema.

  5. The early days or did you cover the whole history, Amy?

  6. the early years and going a bit on how technology evolved through the years up to the end of the 90s.

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