April 20, 1851
Breslau or Posznan
|Died||September 11, 1923
Ventnor, New Jersey
|Other names||Siegmund Lubszynski|
|Spouse(s)||Annie Abrams (m. 1882–1923)|
He was born as Siegmund Lubszynski in Breslau or Posen, Silesia, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland) on April 20, 1851, to a German Jewish family. In 1876 he emigrated to the United States, where he worked as an optometrist in Philadelphia.
He started by making his own camera and projector combination, which he sold. In 1896 he began distributing films for Thomas Edison. in 1897 he started making films and in 1902 formed the Lubin Manufacturing Company, incorporating it in 1909. By 1910 his company had built a film studio, "Lubinville", in Philadelphia.
A fire at its studio in June 1914 destroyed the negatives for his unreleased new films. When World War I broke out in Europe in September of that year, Lubin Studios, and other American filmmakers, lost foreign sales. The dissolution of the Motion Picture Patents Company. After making more than a thousand motion pictures, on September 1, 1917, the Lubin Film Company went out of business.
He went back to work as an optometrist.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Siegmund Lubin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6166 Hollywood Blvd.
- Joseph P. Eckhardt. "Lubin Timeline". Montgomery County Community College. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
- "Siegmund Lubin Dies. Pioneer in Movies. Philadelphia Optician, Once a Producer, Succumbs to Heart Disease at 72.". New York Times. September 11, 1923. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
- "Siegmund Lubin Buried". New York Times. September 15, 1923. Retrieved 2011-11-25. "Sigmund Lubin, pioneer motion picture producer, was buried today In the ... of this city, died on Wednesday in Padgewood [sic], NJ. He was 82 [sic] years old. ..."
Further reading 
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer, Siegmund Lubin (ISBN 0-8386-3728-0) by Joseph P. Eckhardt (1988)
- THE KING OF THE MOVIES Film Pioneer, Siegmund Lubin - biographical page with time line and other material by Joseph P. Eckhardt, Professor of History, Montgomery County Community College
- Lubinville (film)
- WHYY, Ed Cunningham's Philadelphia, Siegmund Lubin, Video
- Siegmund Lubin: King of the Movies,
Betzwood, Digital History from the Libraries of Montgomery County Community College