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May 20, 2021

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How Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope paved the way for the movie industry

On this date 130 years ago, the movie industry was born when inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated his Kinetoscope – a device in which you’d drop a dime in order to watch a brief film clip. There was no hot buttered popcorn just yet. There were no trailers or post-credit scenes. And the “movie” was only 3 seconds long. But Edison’s work – and that of other inventors in the U.S. and Europe – would pave the way for James Bond, Pixar, Marvel Avengers and Disney Princesses.

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