1894 Timelines: 1890 to 1899

The Holland brothers open the first kinetoscope parlor in New York City on April 14.  In one year they have gross receipts of over $16,000.


Senator Bradley forbids the projection of one of Edison’s films that shows the dancer Carmencita’s undergarments as she dances.  This is the first case of censorship in the moving picture industry.


Significant Films:

The “Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze” is copyrighted as a photograph.


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The Screen Writers Guild has called for a strike. It is demanding that its members receive a percentage of the television rights for films.   The “King of Hollywood”, Clark Gable, has...

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The Motion Picture Association of America has repealed its 1957 ruling that forbids persons sympathetic to Communism, or those who refused to give evidence to the House Un–American Activities...

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