Motion Pictures Shown

Motion Pictures Shown

French film pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière publicly unveil their Cinématographe at the Grand Café on the boulevard des Capucines in Paris. About 30 people paid to see short films showing scenes from ordinary French life, including the feeding of a baby, a game of cards, street activity, a working blacksmith, and soldiers marching. One of the films, which showed the head-on arrival of a train, caused many patrons to flee in horror. As early as 1885, hazy motion pictures had been produced, but it was not until the developments of the Lumière brothers that the first real cinema was made. Their Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory is considered the first motion picture of importance, and their screening at the Grand Café marked the birth of the film industry.