1897 in film

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The following is an overview of the events of 1897 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.

List of years in film (table)


  • May 4th: During a film screening at the Charity Bazaar in Paris, a curtain catches on fire from the ether used to fuel the projector lamp. The fire spreads and becomes catastrophic, ultimately resulting in 126 deaths.[1]
  • June 20th: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee procession filmed.[2]
  • Mitchell and Kenyon go into a film-making partnership.[3]
  • Enoch Rector develops a 63 mm film format called Veriscope, which films the Corbett-Fitzsimmons championship match.
  • Thomas Henry Blair develops a 48 mm film format called Viventoscope.

Films released in 1897[edit]



  1. ^ "[Fire on the Charity Bazaar]". US National Library of Medicine. 13 June 1998. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Klein, Christopher (5 June 2012). "Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee". history.com. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Vanessa Toulmin; Simon Popple; Patrick Russell (2004). The lost world of Mitchell and Kenyon. BFI Publications. p. 6. ISBN 1844570460.