Early Paul Kinematograph apparatus, 35mm Theatrograph projector, No 2, mark 1 and pedestal. Replicas of lamphouse, driving handle, film spool and lens system, 1896.
The first commercial 35mm projector to be produced in Britain. Paul first demonstrated his Theatrograph projector at Finsbury Technical College, London on 20 February 1896, the same day as the preview showing of the Cinématographe Lumière in London. This is the second, improved model, patented on 2 March 1896, which originally sold for £80. Over 100 were produced and sold. With its intermittent motion provided by sprocket rollers driven by a Maltese Cross mechanism, this machine formed the prototype for the modern film projector. Paul designed and made five different models of his Theatrograph before quitting the film business in 1910.
- Object Number:
- aluminium alloy, brass (copper, zinc alloy), cardboard, cast iron, glass, steel (metal), tin (metal), velvet and wood (unidentified)
pedestal (apx): 990 mm x 440 mm x 440 mm,
projector: 400 mm x 330 mm x 690 mm,
- theatrograph projector
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- photographic equipment
- The National Media Museum, Bradford
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
View manifest in IIIF viewer
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.