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A 1903 Bioscope movie camera. (We Put the World Before You By Means of the Bioscope and Urban Films, 1903)

Santa Barbara's First Movie


Here's another news nugget from December way back when.


In 1904, the Bioscope motion picture company came to Santa Barbara and filmed the local fire truck rushing down State Street on December 22.

In early January, the film was shown at the Lobero Theater. "Don't fail to see the Santa Barbara fire department run, taken by the Bioscope company, the first and only moving picture ever taken here. Prices 10, 25, 35." – Santa Barbara Morning Press, January 3, 1905

The Bioscope company also filmed fire trucks in Chico, Woodland, Marysville, Oroville, Visalia, and Colusa at about the same time. Does anyone else have info about this in their city?


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