Roundhay Garden Scene is a silent reality picture created by French inventor Louis Le Prince in 1888. It is said to be the oldest surviving movie, having been shot on 14 October 1888 at Oakwood Grange near Roundhay, Leeds, in the north of England. On November 16, 1888, the camera was patented in the United Kingdom.
According to Adolphe Le Prince, the picture was shot on 14 October 1888 at Oakwood Grange, the residence of Joseph and Sarah Whitley in Roundhay, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Louis Le Prince’s single-lens camera captured the original sequence on Eastman Kodak paper base photographic film. Before the original negative was lost, the National Science Museum (NSM) in London created a photographic glass plate replica of 20 surviving frames from the original negative.
These images were quickly projected on a screen in Leeds, establishing the world’s first motion picture exhibition. In September 1890, after returning to France, Le Prince was planning a trip to the United Kingdom to patent his new camera, followed by a tour to the United States to promote it.
“Because he inexplicably vanished from a train on September 16, 1890, he was never able to carry out a planned public demonstration in the United States.”
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