Success at last -- Magic shadows reach the screen in living motion -- Edison-Armat and the Vitascope--Les Frères Lumière and the Cinümatographe --Paul of London and the Animatograph or Theatrograph.
THE MOTION PICTURE made its commercial debut in 1895 and 1896, more or less simultaneously, in Paris, London, New York and elsewhere. That debut is duplicated occasionally at the present time when important Hollywood films have a number of simultaneous "world premieres."
With the introduction of a satisfactory projector of life-size moving pictures which were not limited to a few seconds' duration but could run for a number of minutes, the story of the origin of magic shadow entertainment comes to an end. From that day the phenomenal progress in entertainment and instruction of the motion picture is particularly history of that art-science. Magic shadow history is being written currently every evening on tens of thousands of screens before millions of spectators.
The motion picture projectors which finally were entirely successful and from which the history of the motion picture, properly speaking, arises were all principally based on Edison's Kinetograph film peep-show which in 1894 was shown in New York, Paris and London.
In the Fall of 1894 Louis Lumière saw the Edison Kinetograph demonstrated at the Werner firm exhibit in Paris at 20 Boulevard Poissonière. From this he conceived the idea of combining such