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Edison's greatest marvel--The Vitascope.
Edison's greatest marvel--The Vitascope

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Edison Invents Motion Pictures
Edison's films were so popular that he needed a way to show them to large groups of people. C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat invented a film projector called the Vitascope. Jenkins and Arnat competed against Edison and licensed a version of their projector to the Columbia Phonograph Company. Eventually, the Edison Company developed its own projector, known as the Projectoscope. The first films shown in a "movie theater" in America were presented to audiences on April 23, 1896, in New York City.
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