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America's First Movie Studio


The Black Maria [13]


Indoor sketch of the Black Maria [11]

On February 1, 1893, construction of America's First Movie Studio was completed. At a total cost of $637.67 it was built on Edison's property with the purpose in producing film strips for the Kinetoscope. It was also constructed in a particular manner that allowed sunlight to be let in naturally throughout the day. After Edison obtained patents for both the Kinetograph and the Kinetoscope he held his first public showing or demonstration of his film simply titled "The Blacksmith Scene" [10]


The first film to be officially registered for copyright through the Black Maria Film Studio was a short four second film that was a recording of Fred Ott's sneeze.