Historical Film TImeline

  • Kinetograph

    William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, commissioned by Thomas Alva Edison, builds the first motion-picture camera and names it the Kinetograph. Also the same person who invented the light bulb
  • First Motion Picture

    The Edison Corporation establishes the first motion-picture studio, a Kinetograph production center nicknamed the Black Maria (slang for a police van).
    The first Kinetoscope parlor opens at 1155 Broadway in New York City. Spectators can watch films for 25 cents. As you can see everything back in the 1800's cost nothing. You can buy a lot of food with what you couldve bought a movie in 1800's
  • First Movie Theater

    The first movie theater opens in Pittsburgh. These movie theaters were extermely cheap. Like 25 cens just for a movie. But movies were only like 12 seconds
  • First Film

    The first feature film is released when the two reels of D. W. Griffith's Enoch Arden are screened together. This film did not drag that many fans.
  • Mutual Studios

    Charlie Chaplin signs on with Mutual Studios and earns an unprecedented $10,000 a week. Back in this time this was a lot of money.
  • First Cartoon

    Walt Disney creates his first cartoon, "Alice's Wonderland."Ths cartoon atracted well over 1 million people.
  • Code of Decentcy

    As head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays establishes a code of decency that outlines what is acceptable in films.
  • Full animated movie

    Walt Disney's first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, hits theaters and becomes an instant classic. This attracted a bunch of viewers
  • The Robe

    To counteract the threat of television, Hollywood thinks big and develops wide-screen processes such as CinemaScope, first seen in The Robe. This what you see nowadays in the theaters
  • Zoom Lense

    Red Desert makes spectacular use of the recently perfected zoom lens, which increases the optical mobility of a shot and its expressive capacities.
  • Oscar

    Midnight Cowboy wins the Best Picture Oscar, the first and only time an X-rated movie received the honor.
  • Titanic

    Titanic crashes into theaters. It is the most expensive film of all time, costing between $250 and $300 million to produce and market. This movie has made more money then any other movies.