• first motion picture

    British photographer Eadweard Muybridge takes the first successful photographs of motion, showing how people and animals move
  • fast motion

    Etienne Marey in France develops a camera, shaped like a gun, that can take twelve pictures per second.
  • kinetoscope

    Thomas Edison and W.K. Dickson develop the Kinetoscope, a peep-show device in which film is moved past a light.
  • movie

    Thomas Edison displays his Kinetoscope at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago and receives patents for his movie camera, the Kinetograph, and his peepshow device.
  • coin-operated kinetoscope

    Coin-operated Kinetoscopes appear in a New York City amusement arcade.
  • motion picture commercial

    Two French brothers, Louis and August Lumiere patent a combination movie camera and projector, capable of projecting an image that can be seen by many people. In Paris, they present the first commercial exhibition of projected motion pictures.
  • tinted motion picture

    Thomas Edison's company, using a projector built by Thomas Armat and C. Francis Jenkins, projects hand-tinted motion pictures in New York City.
  • thomas edison

    Edison files the first of many patent infringement suits, claiming that others are using equipment based on his Kinetograph camera.
  • film exchange

    Henry Miles sets up the first film exchange, allowing exhibitors to rent films instead of buying them.
  • great train robbery

    Edwin S. Porter, chief of production at the Edison studio, helps to shift film production toward story telling with such films as The Life of an American Fireman and The Great Train Robbery, the first western.