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New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Friday, August 18, 2017
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The first movie in New Orleans

The first movie in New Orleans
was shown on an outdoor screen on the lakefront June 28, 1896, by Allen B. Blakemore, an electrical engineer for the New Orleans City and Lake Railroad. Blakemore reduced the five-hundred-volt current from the trolley line for his wonderful vitascope machine by way of a water rheostat.

Source: http://clarionherald.org/20000316/stall.htm