early motion picture projector / 1900s

from Seattle Now & Then: The Pantages-Palomar (2009)

It can be difficult for modern moviegoers to comprehend the experience of film’s earliest introductions,
out in the open, whose vociferous, screened from noisy projectors mechanical clickity-clack competed with
musicians playing live accompaniment from the orchestra pit below. As one of the many acts featured in the
program, movies began as a novelty. Vaudeville circuits adopted their own silly sounding brand name for
film actualities and serials, such as “Pantagescope”.

Spokane Press / December 24, 1907 (pg3)

  • Pantages, Los Angeles (1911)

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