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The following is an overview of the events of 1894 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.
- January 7
- April 14 - The first commercial presentation of the Kinetoscope took place in the Holland Brothers' Kinetoscope Parlor at 1155 Broadway, New York City.
- June 6 - Charles Francis Jenkins projects a filmed motion picture before an audience in Richmond, Indiana. Earliest documented projection of a motion picture.
- Thomas Edison experiments with synchronizing audio with film; the Kinetophone is invented which loosely synchronizes a Kinetoscope image with a cylinder phonograph.
- Kinetoscope viewing parlors begin to open in major cities. Each parlor contains several machines.
- Birt Acres creates a 70 mm format, which he first uses to shoot the Henley Royal Regatta.
Films released in 1894
Films by William K. L. Dickson
- A Bar Room Scene
- Alleni's Boxing Monkeys
- Amateur Gymnast, No. 2
- Annabelle Butterfly Dance, starring Annabelle Moore.
- Annabelle Sun Dance, starring Annabelle Moore.
- Annie Oakley, starring Annie Oakley.
- Armand D'Ary, starring by Armand D'Ary.
- Athlete with Wand.
- Babies in High Chairs.
- Band Drill, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson, wrote by Charles Hale Hoyt and starring by Frank Baldwin.
- Bertoldi (Mouth Support), starring by Ena Bertoldi.
- Bertoldi (Table Contortion), starring by Ena Bertoldi.
- Boxing, starring by Jack McAuliffe.
- Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's), may be the first comedy film ever made.
- Bucking Broncho, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson and starring by Frank Hammitt and Lee Martin.
- Buffalo Bill, starring William F. Cody.
- Buffalo Dance, starring by Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse.
- Caicedo (with Pole), starring by Juan A. Caicedo.
- Caicedo (with Spurs), starring by Juan A. Caicedo.
- Carmencita, starring by Carmencita.
- Chinese Laundry Scene, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson and starring by Phil Doreto and Robetta.
- Chinese Opium Den.
- Cock Fight, No. 2, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson and starring by Henry Welton.
- Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson and starring by James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney.
- Cupid's Dance, starring by Florence Ewer, Lenora Ewer and Mildred Ewer.
- Dance, starring by Rosa France, Frank Lawton and Etta Williamson.
- Dance du Ventre.
- The Dickson Experimental Sound Film also starring by William K.L. Dickson.
- Dogs Fighting.
- Edison Employee Picnic.
- Fancy Club Swinger, starring John R. Abell.
- Finale of 1st Act, Hoyt's 'Milk White Flag'.
- Fire Rescue Scene, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson
- Fred Ott's Sneeze (also known as Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze) starring by Fred Ott.
- Fred Ott Holding a Bird starring by Fred Ott.
- French Dancers.
- Glenroy Bros, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson. One of the earliest comedy films ever made.
- Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing)
- Hadj Cheriff, starring by Hadji Cheriff.
- Highland Dance.
- Human Pyramid, starring by Saleem Nassar.
- The Hornbacker-Murphy Fight, starring by Eugene Hornbacker and Murphy.
- Imperial Japanese Dance, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson and starring by The Sarashe Sisters.
- Lady Fencers (With Broadswords), starring by Louise Blanchard and Helen Englehart
- Lady Fencers (With Foils).
- Lasso Exhibition, starring by Frank Hammitt and Lee Martin.
- Lasso Thrower, starring by Vicente Oropeza.
- Leonard-Cushing Fight, starring by Jack Cushing and Mike Leonard.
- Luis Martinetti, Contortionist, starring Luis Martinetti.
- Man of a Thousand Faces, starring George Layman.
- May Lucas, starring May Lucas.
- Men on Parallel Bars.
- Mexican Knife Duel, starring Pedro Esquivel and Dionecio Gonzales.
- Miss Lucy Murray, starring by Lucy Murray.
- Mlle. Capitaine, starring by Alciede Capitaine.
- Organ Grinder, No. 1 and Organ Grinder, No. 2.
- Oriental Dance, starring by Rosa.
- Rat Killing.
- Rats and Terrier No. 2 and Rats and Terrier No. 3.
- Rats and Weasel.
- Ruth Dennis, starring by Ruth St. Denis.
- Sandow (film), (Sandow No. 1) Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope, Sandow No. 2 and Sandow No. 3, starring bu Eugen Sandow.
- Sheik Hadji Tahar, starring by Sheik Hadji Tahar.
- Sioux Ghost Dance, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson.
- Summersault Dog, starring by Lucy the Dog and Ivan Tschernoff.
- Sword Combat, starring by Najid and Saleem Nassar.
- The Barbershop, directed by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson.
- The Carnival Dance, starring by Madge Crossland, May Lucas and Lucy Murray.
- The Cock Fight.
- The Pickaninny Dance, from the 'Passing Show', starring by Joe Rastus, Denny Tolliver and Walter Wilkins.
- The Widder, starring by Isabelle Coe.
- The Wrestling Dog, starring by Henry Welton.
- Topack and Steele, starring by George W. Steele and George Topack.
- Toyou Kichi, starring by Toyou Kichi.
- Trained Bears
- Unsuccessful Somersault
- Walton and Slavin No. 1, Walton and Slavin No. 2, Walton and Slavin No. 3 and Walton and Slavin No. 4 starring by John Slavin and Charles F. Walton.
- Whirlwind Gun Spinning, starring by Hadj Lessik.
- Wonderful Performing Dog, starring by Lucy the Dog and Ivan Tschernoff.
- Wrestling Match.
Films directed by other filmmakers
- January 3 - ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)
- February 8 - King Vidor, American actor and director (d. 1982)
- February 14 - Jack Benny, American comedian (d. 1974)
- May 20 - Estelle Taylor, American actress (d. 1958)
- May 26 - Norma Talmadge, American actress (d. 1957)
- June 16 - Norman Kerry, American actor (d. 1956)
- July 25 - Walter Brennan, American actor (d. 1974)
- July 27 - Mientje Kling, Dutch actress (d. 1966)
- September 15 - Jean Renoir, French director (d. 1979)
- September 26 - Gladys Brockwell, American actress (d. 1929)
- September 27 - Olive Tell, American actress (d. 1951)
- August 10 - Alan Crosland, American director (d. 1936
- October 7 - Del Lord, Canadian pioneer Hollywood director (d. 1970)
- October 20 - Olive Thomas, American actress (d. 1920)
- October 27 - Agda Helin, Swedish actress (d. 1984)
- November 9 - Mae Marsh, American actress (d. 1968)
- November 13 - Nita Naldi, American actress (d. 1961)
- December 8 - Marthe Vinot, French actress (d. 1974)
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