Making Movies

Making Movies (HMG1A)

Location: West Orange, NJ 07052 Essex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 47.056', W 74° 14.018'

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Edison National Historic Site, NJ

In 1893 the Black Maria became the world's first building constructed as a motion picture studio. This odd-shaped structure was designed to keep sunlight on the stage while Edison's film pioneers made kinetoscope films.

Although most filming took place around noon, the Black Maria could use available sunlight at all hours. During filming, the angled roof was opened using pulleys to allow sunlight in the studio. The entire building rested on a pivot and wood track. As the sun's angle changed during the day, Edison's movie makers periodically stopped filming to push the Black Maria around a few feet to keep sunlight on its stage.
HM NumberHMG1A
Placed ByEdison National Historic Site, National Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:33am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 564662 N 4515091
Decimal Degrees40.78426667, -74.23363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 47.056', W 74° 14.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 47' 3.36" N, 74° 14' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)973
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 211 Main St, West Orange NJ 07052, US
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