The Lumieres, a Cafe, and the Beginnings of Movies

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On Tuesday, I got back from my European honeymoon, where my wife and I spent two lovely weeks in Dusseldorf, Paris, and London. In Paris, what I wanted to see the most might not be what you’d expect. I didn’t even think about visiting it at all until we got there. No, it’s not the Eiffel Tower. It was Le Salon Indien du Grand Café. It was at this small but historic building where people were given the chance to participate in the first ever public, commercial movie screening.

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