First Motion Picture


Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture this date in 1889.

In the early 1900s, most motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey, and filmmakers were often sued to stop their productions.

To escape this, filmmakers began moving out west, where Edison’s patents could not be enforced. Also, the weather was ideal and there was quick access to various settings. The 1910s saw the origins of Hollywood as the center of the American film industry. During the First World War, the film industries of Europe were devastated, and Hollywood replaced the French and Italian firms as the most popular filmmakers in the world. (me and Wikipedia)