Sunday, October 11, 2009

Koster & Bial History

Re: The image of the plaque from 14 to
It was in the Koster & Bial's on 34th St. that Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of his Vitascope movie projector, April 23, 1896. A plaque on the site (occupied by Macy's Dept. Store since 1901-02) proclaims this event as the first projection of a moving picture. The Lumière brothers, however, might take exception to this claim. The first screening of their film "La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine Lumière" took place in Paris on Dec. 28, 1895 at the Grand Café on the Blvd. des Capucines.


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