T. L. Tally, Pioneer LA Exhibitor

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T. L. Tally, Pioneer LA Exhibitor

Unread post by missdupont » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:46 pm

Early histories are wrong as to the date when Tally arrived in LA and began showing film. He was in business in the city as early as 1895 and his family earlier, and he was not the first to exhibit film in the city, that was Peter Bacigalupi. Tally was the first to build a theatre exclusively for film and the first to cause a nitrate fire in the city in 1896.

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Re: T. L. Tally, Pioneer LA Exhibitor

Unread post by linquist » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:43 pm

In the blog, it was mentioned that Tally might have visited the Chicago Columbian Exposition and observed Edison's kinetoscope. A number of books I've recently read, including Musser's Emergence Of Cinema, say that Edison didn't have the kinetoscopes ready in time for the fair. At the time, he had only one ready and his company kept it as a working template for the others. It would be another year before Edison's manufacturer would have enough kinetoscopes ready to ship the first order.

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Re: T. L. Tally, Pioneer LA Exhibitor

Unread post by missdupont » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:20 pm

I have found several mistakes in Musser's books and others about Tally, since it appears no one checked the LA City Directories or newspapers and so have the dates wrong about when he arrived in LA, when he set up business, and when his first parlor opened downtown, they have it a year later than it really did, and have him finding out about film in 1896 in Waco, when he was already in LA and showing film since October 1895.

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Re: T. L. Tally, Pioneer LA Exhibitor

Unread post by missdupont » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:58 pm

Ramsaye even gets the date wrong about the ad in 1927 and everyone repeats it. The Electric Theatre ad did not run in April, it ran first on May 10, 1902. If they have these dates wrong, how do we know the kinetoscope information they claim is correct?

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Re: T. L. Tally, Pioneer LA Exhibitor

Unread post by missdupont » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:30 pm

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