The first movie theater opened on Canal Street in New Orleans on July 26, 1896. Although it is generally considered a product of the 19th century, the road to motion pictures actually began thousands of years ago. Through the years understanding of optical and vision phenomena grew, leading to the inventions and technologies that ultimately created todays cinema.
This book outlines the journey of today’s cinema from a cave in Spain to a storefront in New Orleans. The major inventors and inventions are covered along the way leading to America’s First Movie Theater.