Theater Movie Exhibition at Koster & Bial’s Music Hall

Koster and Bial’s Music Hall located at 34th Street, New York, NY, USA, held a movie exhibition on April 23, 1896 to a paying audience. Thomas Alva Edison’s Vitascope depicted a series of short scenes, including: a ballet scene; a burlesque boxing match; surf breaking on the shore; and a comic allegory entitled The Monroe Doctrine. The images were half life size and were shown in conjunction with other acts. Edison did not appear and refused to bow.

      April 23, 1896
      Thomas Alva Edison
      New York, NY, USA

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