The first theatre in the world exclusively devoted to showing motion pictures was the Nickelodeon, which opened on June 19, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Penn. Before 1907, most movies were shown in traditional theatres or at carnivals. With the advent of movie theatres, the films became the main attraction themselves. The theatre was the creation of Harry Davis and John P. Harris who moved 96 seats into an empty store at 433-435 Smithfield St., transforming it into the world’s first movie theatre.

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