Vitagraph Open-Air Studio

The first Vitagraph “studio” was really the open area afforded by the roof of the Morse Building at 140 Nassau Street in New York. The company’s first motion picture was entitled The Burglar on the Roof, a short comedy filmed in November 1898. This sketch was drawn by J. Stuart Blackton (in about 1900) and first published in Albert E. Smith’s 1952 autobiography, Two Reels and a Crank.

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