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History of the Movie Theater

  • First public projection

    First public projection
    The first public exhibition of projected motion pictures in the United States was at Koster and Bial's Music Hall on 34th Street in New York City on April 23, 1896
  • Edison’s Vitascope Theater

    Edison’s Vitascope Theater
    Edison’s Vitascope Theater was opened to the general public on October 19, 1896. 72-seat plush theater was designed from scratch solely to show motion pictures.
  • first permanent structure

    first permanent structure
    The first permanent structure designed for screening of movies was Tally's Electric Theater, completed in 1902 in Los Angeles.
  • Five cent nickelodeon movies

    Five cent nickelodeon movies
    In 1905, Pittsburgh movie theater owners Harry Davis and John Harris also established the first of what would become a popular form of movie theaters spread throughout the country, which were five-cent nickelodeon movies.
  • Popcorn at the movies

    Popcorn at the movies
    In 1925 Charles Manley, an inventor from Butte, Montana, perfected the first electric popcorn machine. He marketed the machine to movie theater owners, and one of the most successful combinations in culinary history was born.
  • The movie chair

    The movie chair
    In the early 1931 a chair was designed, where the person sitting could move back so other patrons could easily leave their seats during the movie showing. This type of seat became standard in almost all US movie theaters.
  • First drive in

    First drive in
    With an investment of $30,000, Richard Hollingshead opened the first drive-in on Tuesday June 6, 1933 at a location on Crescent Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey.
  • Concessions at the movies

    Concessions at the movies
  • First animated movie

    First animated movie
    In 1937, Disney created the first sound and color animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Movie theaters at the mall

    Movie theaters at the mall
    The first shopping mall multiplex was built in 1963. It had two screens and sat 700 people.
  • First IMAX Theater

    First IMAX Theater
    The first permanent IMAX 3D theatre was built in Vancouver, British Columbia for Transitions at Expo '86, and was in use until 30 September 2009.
  • First movie shown in IMAX

    First movie shown in IMAX
    Tiger Child was created for Expo 1970 in Osaka, Japan, and premiered at the Fuji Group Pavilion.
  • AMC grand 24

    AMC grand 24
    The first theatre in the U.S. built from the ground up as a megaplex was the AMC Grand 24 in Dallas, Texas, which opened in May 1995
  • First 3D Movie

    First 3D Movie
    Aliens of the deep was the first 3D movie shown.
  • Warren theater in OKC

    Warren theater in OKC
    The Warren was opened in Oklahoma City.