1893 Timelines: 1890 to 1899

Edison builds a film studio on the grounds of his laboratories in New Jersey to produce films for his kinetoscope machines.  The studio is called “The Black Maria”, a slang term for a police patrol wagon that the studio is said to resemble.


Significant Films:

“The Blacksmith Scene” becomes the first commercial–length modern motion picture subject to be publicly exhibited.


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