Entrance to the Harris nickelodeon, Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh, 1919. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: June 19, 1905 

The “Nickelodeon,” the country’s first all-motion picture house, was opened by Harry Davis and John P. Harris at 433-35 Smithfield Street with the showing of two short films, “Poor but Honest” and “The Baffled Burglar.” It was a great success, with people flocking to the place and marveling at the moving figures. [Historic Pittsburgh

Related: “You Saw It Here First: Pittsburgh’s Nickelodeon introduced the moving picture theater to the masses in 1905,” by Timothy McNulty for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2005. 

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