History: Movies and Images Timeline

Movies and Images Timeline.

 

1889- U.S. Hannibal Goodwin develops the transparent, flexible film that enables motion pictures to be created.

 

1894- The team of Thomas Edison opens the first Kinetoscope Parlor of coin-operated machines in New York.

 

1895- Film Screenings in Paris, the Lumiere brothers show short films in a Parisian café.

 

1896- Edison’s vitascope invention popularizes large-screen film projection in the U.S.

 

1907- Storefront movies theatres called Nickelodeons, “5 cent admissions,” begin to flourish in the U.S.

 

1914- The first national trend of opulent movie palaces open in New York.

 

1927-1928- sound comes to movies.

 

1947- The Hollywood Ten – the house Un-American Activities Committee investigates ten unwilling witnesses on grounds of allegedly having communist sympathies.

 

1948- Paramount Decision – the Supreme Court forces studios to divest themselves of their theaters to end the vertical integration of the industry.

 

1967- the MPAA introduces a system to rate movies for age appropriateness.

 

1977- VHS- format videocassette recorders (VCRs) hit the consumer market, creating a movie rental and purchase industry.

 

1990s- Independent films, particularly those that screen at the Sundance Film Festival, become an important source for finding new talent.

 

1995- A new 24- screen megaplex cinema in Dallas is built to spurs a building wave of giant movie complexes.

 

1997- The new Digital format (DVDs) is quickly adopted, becoming superior over VHS.

 

2000- The digital production and distribution format gains strength in Hollywood and independents.

 

2000- In the early 2000s, Hollywood films are digitally remastered and exhibited in the larger IMAX format.

 

2008- Blu-ray discs prevailed over Toshiba’s competing HD-DVD format.

 

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