1902 Timelines: 1900 to 1909

In Los Angeles Thomas L. Tally’s Electric Theatre becomes the first permanent movie theatre in the U.S.


The Edison patent infringement suit against Biograph is overturned by the circuit court of appeals. Edison’s key motion picture patents were declared invalid, terminating all of Edison’s lawsuits for patent infringement. Within months Edison refines his motion picture patents and sues Biograph again.


Significant Films:

In England James Williamson releases the film, “Fire”, which is the first movie to meaningfully combine indoor studio scenes with outdoor shots.

The Edison Company makes, “Life of an American Fireman”, which is the first time an American film attempted to portray a character’s thoughts.

Méliès releases his most remarkable film to date. “Voyage Dans La Lune” (A Trip to the Moon), consists of 10 scenes played out on 30 sets.


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