Thursday, April 02, 2009


"Up to this point, motion-picture exhibitors had relied on vaudeville theaters and other existing venues, but the surging popular demand for the movies created the basis of a new down-market exhibition space. In June 1095, an entrepreneur in Pittsburgh set up a cheap storefront theater for the showing films and called it the "Nickelodeon". Within a year the, hundreds of nickelodeons had sprouted across the country, and by the beginning of 1907, there were 2,500, according to the new entertainment paper Variety" (Starr, 303).

Nickelodeons were little store all across the country that showed films for a nickel. This was given the name by Harry Davis and John P. Harris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June 1905. Upper and middle-class people did not frequent go to these shows. It was more for the working lower class. This was the begining of the film buissnes.


At 10:29 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post: Good basic facts about early film.


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