U.S Minister Hannibal Goodwin develops the transparent flexible film that enables motion pictures to be created
Thomas Edison's team opens the first such parlor of coin-operated machines in NY
the Lumiere brothers show short films in a Parisian cafe
Edison's vitascope invention of 1896 popularizes large-screen film projection in the US
storefront movie theaters with a five cent admission price begin to flourish in the US
the first of a national trend of opulent movie palaces opens in NY.
Movie studio system gains control of the production,distribution, and exhibition of movies in 1920s
In late 1920s, the big 5 (Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, RKO) little 3 ( Columbia, Universal, and United Artists) form a powerful oligopoly
The "Jazz Singer" and "The SInging Fool" both starring Al Jolson, bring sound to the screen
the House Un-American Activities Committee investigate ten unwilling witnesses on ground of allegedly having communist sympathies.
Supreme Court forces studios t divest themselves of their theaters to end the vertical integration of the industry.
the MPAAA introduces a system to rate movies for age appropriateness
VHS- format videocassette recorders hit the consumer market, creating a movie rental and purchase industry
Independent films, particularly those that screen at the Sun-Dance Film Festival become an important source for identifying new talent in the 1990s
building wave of giant movie complexes begins in mid 1990s
new digital movie format is quickly adaptable as a formate superior to VHS
digital production and distribution format gains strength in Hollywood and with independents
Netflix eliminates any waiting time with streaming service, allows customers to instant access to thousands of films and TV shows
blockbuster becomes the all-time highest earning flm at the box office, propels 3-D into great popularity