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The First Public Commerical Screening of Films (December 28, 1895)


On December 28, 1895 August and Louis Lumière held their first public screening of films at which admission was charged, at Paris's Salon Indien du Grand Café.

"This history-making presentation featured ten short films, including their first film, Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory). Each film is 17 meters long, which, when hand cranked through a projector, runs approximately 50 seconds" (Wikipedia article on August and Louis Lumière, accessed 04-22-2009).

The first two of the ten films were: