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Here the Motion Picture Began

 
 
Koster and Bial's Music Hall Marker on Macy's Dept. Store image. Click for full size.
By R. C., November 22, 2008
1. Koster and Bial's Music Hall Marker on Macy's Dept. Store
Inscription.  On the night of April 23, 1896, on this site, in Koster & Bial’s Music Hall, Thomas A. Edison, with the “Vitascope,” first projected a moving picture.
 
Erected 1938 by the Motion Picture Industry, in commemoration of the event, on October 4.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is April 23, 1820.
 
Location. 40° 45.039′ N, 73° 59.367′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is affixed to wall next to one of the 34th Street entrances of Macy's. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 West 34th Street, New York NY 10001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Koster & Bial’s (within shouting distance of this marker); R.H. Macy & Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Macy’s (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Macy’s (about 400 feet away); Broadway at 35th Street (about 500 feet away); Herald Square
With Macy's Sign image. Click for full size.
By Doran Howitt, April 25, 2013
2. With Macy's Sign
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(about 500 feet away); James Gordon Bennett Monument (about 500 feet away); Martinique and McAlpin Hotels (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Koster and Bial’s Music Hall. from The New York Times review of the event quoted in the article: “Then came into view two precious blonde young persons of the variety stage in pink and blue dresses, doing the umbrella dance with commendable celerity. Their motions were clearly defined. When they vanished, a view of an angry surf breaking on a sandy beach near a stone pier amazed the spectators. A burlesque boxing match between a tall, thin comedian and a short, fat one, a comic allegory called "The Monroe Doctrine"; an instant of motion in Hoyt's farce, "A Milk White Flag," repeated over and over again, and a skirt dance by a tall blonde completed the views, which were all wonderfully real and singularly exhilarating.” (Submitted on April 27, 2019.) 
 
Koster and Bial's Music Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Koster and Bial's Music Hall Marker
Marker is to the left of the Macy's Dept. store entry on 34th Street.
Lithographed Poster for the Music Hall image. Click for full size.
By The Strobridge Lith. Co, Cincinnati & New-York, 1896
4. Lithographed Poster for the Music Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,944 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 24, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   2. submitted on April 25, 2013, by Doran Howitt of Fair Lawn, New Jersey.   3. submitted on November 24, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   4. submitted on April 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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