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Although short-lived the nickelodeon theatre was a pioneer movie house Its reign began in 1905 and lasted a mere nine years ending in 1914 During these years it provided the movies with its first permanent home established a durable pattern for nationwide distribution and most importantly built for the motion picture an audience that would continue to support it for another forty years After the decline of the nickelodeon it still survived in popular legend as a monument to movies in their age of innocence Merritt 1976 p59 The nickelodeon was a small uncomfortable makeshift theater It was commonly a converted dance hall restaurant pawnshop or cigar store made over to look like a vaudeville emporium Outside the theatres large vivid posters were pasted into the theater windows which announced the playbill for the day For ten cents - nickelodeons were seldom a nickel - the early moviegoer went inside and viewed an assortment of brief adventure comedy or fantasy films that lasted approximately an hour The programs were enhanced by including sing-alongs inexpensive vaudeville acts and illustrated lectures The show routinely began with a song usually one of the popular ballads of the day eg Sunbonnet Sue or Bicycle Built for Two or a patriotic anthem During this performance hand-colored magic lantern slides illustrated scenes form the song and a final slide projected the lyrics encouraging the audience to join in and sing along Merritt 1976 pp 60-61 Most of the nickelodeons consisted of 199 kitchen chairs their number defined by regulations which in major cities required an annual five hundred dollar fee for theatrical licenses if an audience numbered two hundred or more Cassedy 1959 Although where or when the first true motion picture house came into being is still not certain what is known is that Harry Davis and John P Harris of Pittsburgh discovered that they had an unused section on the ground floor of one of their playhouses
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