Christiaan Slieker

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Christiaan Slieker

(George) Christiaan Slieker (1861-1945) was a Dutch film exhibitor in the early days of cinematography.[1] He grew up in a Frisian family of travelling showpeople.

In the spring of 1896 he bought a cinematograph produced by H.O. Foersterling & Co and gave his first film show in Leeuwarden on 15 July 1896.[1]

He began a traveling film show called the Grand Théatre Edison. During the show in Park Tivoli in Utrecht the first Dutch movie was shown, Gestoorde hengelaar by M.H. Laddé.[2]

In 2013 the movie house in Leeuwarden was renamed Slieker Film in his honour, after it moved to the Wilhelminaplein where Slieker first showed his films.


  1. ^ a b George Christiaan Slieker, Who's Who of Victorian Cinema
  2. ^ "De eerste filmvertoning in Utrecht: Christiaan Slieker in Park Tivoli". Utrecht Project (in Dutch). Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011.