Cinema Paradiso: The Birth of Cinemas in Medan

The first motion film show in Medan was by Louis Talbot with his Scenimatographe in 1897, after he had completed his tour of Java and the Straits. He showed his motion pictures at the Witte Sociëteit.

The Deli Courant of November 17, 1897:
“Mr. L. Talbot, one who has made a name for himself in the field of photochemical printing and the use of chromic acid salts, travels to our archipelago with a device called a scènimatograaf that renders images, just like a mirror would. These images are reproduced by artificial light and thus exhibit what…



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