Figure 1.22

Kinetoscope Parlor

In April 1895, the Kinetoscope Company, the major sales agent for the Edison viewing machine, estimated that it cost $500 per month to run a first-class kinetoscope parlor. In its first year, the firmís New York parlor grossed over $16,000. Returns were less in Chicago and elsewhere, but in the same year, the company grossed over $29,000 in the sales of kinetoscopes, films, and batteries. Consumer prices varied. If there were, say, 10 machines in a parlor, it might cost one 25-cent ticket to look in the first five and 50 cents to look in all ten.

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