Trivia

Hard

The First Movie Exhibition Spaces Were Called?

Peepers
Screenies
Film Corrals
Nickelodeons
A 1910 photo of the Auditorium Theater at 382 Queen Street West in Toronto, Canada.
William James/Wikimedia

Answer: Nickelodeons

In the early 20th century, long before the rise of ubiquitous dedicated cinemas in every town big or small, there were the nickelodeons. The term, a portmanteau of the name of the American five-cent coin, the nickel, and the Greek word “odeion” (to refer to a roofed theater), referred to small dedicated indoor exhibition spaces that showcased early films. The cost of admission was, as the name implied, a nickel.

The nickelodeons ran a rotating arrangement of short films, each around 10-15 minutes in length. The short films displayed considerable diversity compared to modern movies and patrons could expect to see comedies, recordings of theatrical productions, “actualities” (a precursor to the modern documentary film), “scenics” (literally films of pretty scenery, shot from railcars traversing the country), stop-motion films, dramas, illustrated stories, and more.

Eventually, the rise of the feature length film and the need to create bigger and more elaborate theaters to showcase such films led to the decline of the much smaller nickelodeons. By the end of the 1910s, the nickelodeon had all but vanished, supplanted by the gilded and velvet-draped theaters that defined the early age of feature films.

Trivia

Hard

Which Food Has Never Been An Official McDonald’s Mascot?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Email Services’ Names Includes A Hidden Nod To The Way You Access It?

Trivia

Hard

What Popular Video Game Was Called “Big Pineapple” In Order To Dodge Chinese Censorship?

Trivia

Hard

The Concept Of Video Game “Mana” Has Its Origins In Which Culture?

Trivia

Easy

In Your Average School Class There Is A 50% Chance Two People Share What?

Trivia

Easy

Which Computer Technology Derives Its Name From Greek Mythology?

Trivia

Hard

Which 1920s Era Game Came Roaring Back To Life In The 1990s?

Trivia

Easy

The Maillard Reaction Is Responsible For Flavors In?

Trivia

Easy

Google Tends The Lawn Of Their Sprawling Mountain View Headquarters With What?

Trivia

Hard

The Only U.S. President To Register A Patent Was?