Who built the first film studio in the United States?
– Walt Disney
– Charlie Chaplin
– Lucille Ball
– Thomas Edison
Answer: In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first movie studio in the United States when he constructed the Black Maria, a tarpaper-covered structure near his laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey, and asked circus, vaudeville, and dramatic actors to perform for the camera. He distributed these movies at vaudeville theaters, penny arcades, wax museums, and fairgrounds. The studio made close to 1,200 films. Some of the studio’s notable productions include The Kiss (1896); The Great Train Robbery (1903); Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1910); and Frankenstein (1910).
In 1893, the world’s first film production studio, the Black Maria, or the cinematographic Theater, was completed on the grounds of Edison’s laboratories at West Orange, New Jersey, for the purpose of making film strips for the Kinetoscope.