1896 in film

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The following is an overview of the events of 1896 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.

List of years in film (table)


Ad for Vitascope Hall, New Orleans, offering "an entirely new series of pictures".

Notable films released in 1896[edit]

Alexandre Promio[edit]

The pioneer filmmaker, Alice Guy, debuted this year.

Alice Guy-Blaché[edit]

  • The Cabbage Fairy
  • Le chapeau de Tabarin
  • Le clubmen
  • Les concierges
  • Les démolisseurs
  • Chez le barbier

Birt Acres[edit]

Maybe a surviving print of the film Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station.
Screenshot of A Nightmare.

Gabriel Veyre[edit]

Georges Méliès[edit]

Louis Lumière[edit]

Contrary to myth, Arrival Of A Train At La Ciotat it was not shown at the Lumières' first public film screening on 28 December 1895 in Paris, France: the programme of ten films shown that day makes no mention of it. Its first public showing took place in January 1896.

M.H. Laddé[edit]

Robert W. Paul[edit]

William Heise[edit]

The first kiss ever on film is in 1896 involving the great Canadian star May Irwin and John C. Rice.

William K.L. Dickson[edit]



Lilyan Tashman was an American vaudeville, Broadway, and film actress.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Birt Acres". EarlyCinema.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  2. ^ Mast, Gerald; Kawin, Bruce F., eds. (2007). "Birth". A Short History of the Movies (abridged 9th ed.). Pearson Education. ISBN 9780321418210.