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Behold the Amazing Kinetoscope

In this month's issue of City Arts, Jonathan Shipley's Fast Fact column recounts Thomas Edison's famous Kinetoscope stop off in Seattle way back in 1894. The Kinetoscope was one of the first ways to view motion pictures, though only through a small...

In this month’s issue of City Arts, Jonathan Shipley’s Fast Fact column recounts Thomas Edison’s famous Kinetoscope stop off in Seattle way back in 1894.

The Kinetoscope was one of the first ways to view motion pictures, though only through a small viewing window. Despite its simplicity, the machine was the precursor to later film projectors that would vastly surpass it. 

I have a particular affection for silent films, so I couldn’t resist the chance to share some of the earliest films produced back when cinema was more a novelty that an artistic form.

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