Where was the first cinema?

Question from Lars Whittaker

Although some sources claim that l’Eden Theatre in France holds the title, no one knows
for sure where the first cinema in the world was. However, the UK’s first cinema was the
Regent Street Cinema, which first opened as a lecture hall on Regent Street, London in 1848. It showed the UK’s first screening of moving footage in 1896. 

The world’s first cinema exclusively devoted to showing motion pictures was the Nickelodeon, which opened in 1905 in Pittsburgh, in the US.

Answered by Sarah Bankes for Brain Dump in How It Works issue 96.

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