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First public display of prototype of Thomas Edison kinetoscope

First public display of prototype of Thomas Edison kinetoscope

20 May, 1891

A prototype of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope was displayed to the public for the first time on 20th May 1891.

The invention allowed a single individual to view films through a peephole. It was not a projector but set forth the basic approach that would later be used for all cinematic projections.

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