Thomas Alva Edison patents the kinetoscope: the first individual film viewer.

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The first public screening of films to a paying audience in a permanent venue, the Salon Indien du Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, takes place on 28th December, organized by the Lumière brothers, with their Cinématographe Lumière, patented on 13th February.

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Georges Méliès makes his first films, and at the end of 1896 he discovers trick photography by chance.