A nickelodeon theater in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
Nickelodeons often used gaudy posters and
ornamented facades to attract patrons,
but bare walls and hard seats usually awaited within.
Today's focus is on the Nickelodeon, named after the U.S. five-cent coin, and the ancient Greek word odeion, a roofed-over theater. Earlier, "Peep show" machines (Kinetoscopes) had been the motion picture devices.
On June 19, 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world’s first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis...
The storefront theater boasted 96 seats and charged each patron five cents. Nickelodeons (named for a combination of the admission cost and the Greek word for “theater”) soon spread across the country. Their usual offerings included live vaudeville acts as well as short films. By 1907, some 2 million Americans had visited a nickelodeon, and the storefront theaters remained the main outlet for films until they were replaced around 1910 by large modern theaters. Click HERE...The Senses of Cinema brought forth a new form of entertainment still very much alive today but nowhere resemble the humble beginnings.
Ah-h-h! Where would we be without the movies—
a favorite pastime of enjoyment and relaxation?
Its presentation may have changed as technology has advanced,
but the emotions on and off the screen still remain the same.
Movies, the cinema, the silver screen
Exposed on film metaphysical tricks
Motion pictures and moving photoplays
Rendered reeling picture shows known as flicks
Viewers, no matter the era or their age
Befell gripping sights, sounds, even smells
What better means to idle away the time
Than captured under a magic spell
From slides in the magic-latern show
To successive motion in flip books
Quests out of touch with reality
Dangled from supernatural hooks
From the beginning of cinema
To the first appearance of sound
Optical toys and shadowbox shows
Played magical tricks all around
Quickly becoming popular in carnivals
The "peep show" made a dramatic stand
As the forerunner of motion picture films
The Kinetoscope primed movie land
|Edison Kinetoscope Record of a Sneeze|