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First Motion Picture Made in Los Angeles 1897

On December 31, 1897, Frederick Blechynden set up a new technology known as a motion picture camera and briefly filmed passing traffic on South Spring Street in Los Angeles. The 25-second shot is the first known motion picture ever made in Los Angeles. The film was created to showcase Edison Manufacturing Company’s new technology advertised as the “animated photograph.”

Source: Produced by James Henry White, filmed by Frederick Blechynden, for the Edison Manufacturing Co. Courtesy of the Library of Congress