• Advertisement for “live photographs” show in the daily Baltijas Vēstnesis, May 31, 1896
  • Poster advertising the screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (Броненосец “Потемкин”, 1925) in Riga

On May 31, 1896, the daily “Baltijas Vēstnesis” advertises the first show of the  Lumière brothers’ cinematograph in Riga: Live Photographs. Kaļķu Street 11 is the location for the so-called live photographs. The audience sits in a darkened room in front of a white canvas. Life-sized objects appear on the canvas. They begin to move. There is a simple explanation. Behind the audience, a machine similar to a magic lantern (laterna magica), is used to project the foggy images. The machine projects still photographic images on the canvas which change by the second. There are disadvantages: the movement of the people or objects on the canvas is not very natural. This is due to the fact that still photographs are not yet fully developed, and the machine too is deficient. The best-received scenes are The Streets of London and The Arrival of a Train Ride (L’arrivèe d’un train en gare de la Ciotat).”