DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 28, 2020) – In Issue 136 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we visit the roots of commercial cinema.


The first commercial movie screening was not of a make-believe movie, rather it was a documentary of everyday French life.

The screening took place at the Grand Café in Paris in 1895 on this day.  The Lumiere brothers created this movie and event.

Movies have progressed since then to talkies, to color, to the rise of movie theaters, to long epic movies, to huge budgets only to be exceeded some of the egos involved, to at-home entertainment, and so on.

Which is your favorite movie?

Here is a tourists’ map of Paris from 1861 by Vuillemin.

Paris tourist map – 1861 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.