Koster & Bial
Koster & Bial's Music Hall
New York: Strobridge Lithographing
Copyright deposit, 1896
Prints & Photographs
On April 23, 1896, the Vitascope movie projector made its debut
at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in Herald Square, New York City.
The vaudeville circuit was a fitting venue because it not only provided
a ready audience but also a source for film subjects including Annabelle,
the "butterfly dancer" and the theatrical production of "A Milk
White Flag." During the premiere, film was projected onto a screen
set within an gilt frame to create literally a "moving picture"
for an amazed audience. This is an example of Koster & Bial's
stock poster that was designed to be overprinted with information
about a specific attraction.