Published on April 20th, 2010 | by bngr2
Anniversary of Irish Cinema
Thinking about heading out to the cinema tonight? Well if you do you’ll be repeating what was first done on this island 114th years ago today. On 20 April 1896 (on Hitler’s 7th birthday) screenings by the famous Lumiere Brothers took place in the Dan Lowry’s Star of Erin Palace of Varieties, aka the Olympia Theatre on Dame Street Dublin, only a few months after the first ever public cinema screenings took place in Paris.
The Lumiere cameramen showed footage from Ireland back then in the Olympia, but take a look at some of the first films by Lumiere to give you an idea what it was like:
In the early years, Irish screening mostly involved newsreels and local footage, including a visit to Ireland by Queen Victoria in 1900. The first acknowledged Irish film is the UK film set in Ireland from 1907 Irish Wives and English Husbands but the first American film set in Ireland dating from 1910, which was hugely popular in the US, called The Lad From Old Ireland, you can watch here: