The southern side stood a small  building in between the
large attractions- Temple of Mirth and Moorish Palace. Visitors
could take a gander at the newest form in entertainment- the
Byaphone  picture. 

With the turn of the century,  advancement of  equipment pioneered by Thomas A. Edison, George Eastman and the  Lumiere brothers allowed spectators to see short pictures of the latest entertainer, dancer, history,  and many other short films. Shortly, nickelodeon theaters would crop up all over the country. 

Using a contraption called a Nickelodeon.   

Edison,who was in competition to company's toying with motion pictures, such as Westinghouse, showcased a number of his films. One of the most noteworthy was `The Battle of Chemulpo,'

The short film  showed the crew of a Japanese Man-of-War working a gun during the engagement of Chemulpo Bay. A  Russian cruiser "Variag" and gunboat "Korietz" are shown entering the port, before being  attacked by the Japanese fleet causing the two warships  to sink before reaching the bay.

The film was shot in the Edison studio and included a  a battleship set, with  extreme foreshortening, and a number of miniatures.


St. Louis in 1904 had no theater to show moving pictures.

MOVING PICTURES
Exhibit Statistics


Price of Admission-  Free   10  cents to operate
Byaphones
One frame from  edison's film-`The Battle of Chemulpo,'

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