The Moving Picture World

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The Moving Picture World
Moving Picture World cover (January 4, 1913).jpg
January 4, 1913 cover
Categories Film
First issue 1907
Final issue December 1927
Country United States
Language English

The Moving Picture World was an influential early trade journal for the American film industry, from 1907 to 1927.[1] By 1914, it had a reported circulation of approximately 15,000.[2]

The publication was founded by James Petrie (J.P.) Chalmers, Jr. (1866-1912), who began publishing in March 1907 as The Moving Picture World and View Photographer.[1][3][4]

In December 1927, it was announced that the publication was merging with the Exhibitor's Herald, when it was reported the combined circulation of the papers would be 16,881.[5] In 1931, a subsequent merger with the Motion Picture News occurred, creating the Motion Picture Herald.[6]


  1. ^ a b Speed, Frederick Maurice. Film review 1979-80, p.98 (1979) ("Not the first, but the best known, of early American trade periodicals was The Moving Picture World, founded by James P. Chalmers Jr, which began publication on 9 March 1907 as The Moving Picture World and View Photographer.")
  2. ^ Through the Camera Lens: Moving Picture World and the Silent Film Era, 1907-1927 - Summary, Gale (publisher)
  3. ^ James Petrie Chalmers (obtituary), American Photography (1912)
  4. ^ (6 April 1912) A Martyr to Duty, The Moving Picture World (announcement of Chalmers' death)
  5. ^ (30 December 1927). Screen Papers Merged: Exhibitors' Herald and Moving Picture World Close Deal, The New York Times
  6. ^ Exhibitor's Herald - Publisher Information,, Retrieved October 19, 2011

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