First film screening – 1896

First film screening – 1896

Aberdeen’s first moving film screening was at the Music Hall on 28 September 1896. The world’s first public movie screenings by the Lumiere brothers in Paris had been only the year before. One of the films shown in Aberdeen was ‘The Serpentine Dance’. A famous American actress and dancer, Loie Fuller, invented the dance. It is said that Loie refused to be filmed as she thought the moving image ‘wouldn’t catch on’ and that George Méliès’ wife stepped in and pretended to be her for the filming. The Lumiere brothers themselves believed cinema was a novelty only and had no future and refused to sell their camera. They went on to work in colour photography.



September 1896