I was feeling a little mischievous on Twitter today (and every day) and so I decided to poke a bit of fun at the raging Cannes Film Festival vs. Netflix debate currently underway.
In light of the recent Streaming vs. Movie Theater debate, I demand a return to movies as their creator intended them: viewed in minute-long increments through a coin-operated peephole with communal earbuds. pic.twitter.com/RneySAEwaD
— Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) April 21, 2018
(For the record, I don’t have a dog in the fight, I just like to spread the word about early cinema history.)
To my surprise, quite a few people responded with memories of using these old machines or stating that they would like to use them. So, I thought I would put a question to you, dear readers:
Have you used a Kinetoscope, Mutoscope or other peephole-type motion picture device? Where did you use it and is it still there?
I remember using one at Calico Ghost Town when I was maybe six or seven (I don’t know if it’s there anymore or what its make was) and I pretty much used every Mutoscope on display at the Musée Mécanique in San Francisco in December.
P.S. If you don’t have such a machine handy, you can watch them on an inaccurate but oh-so-convenient DVD.
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