Nickelodeon Theatre Gifted Praxinoscope

Oct 12, 2015 by Kristin Morris on The Nickelodeon Blog

This illustration shows the difference between a zoetrope and praxinoscope.

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Frank W. Baker has given the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s only non-profit art house film theater, a praxinoscope. The Nick will display the praxinoscope, an early animation device, and will unveil the device on October 15 at 6:15 p.m., at the organization’s magazine release party.

The praxinoscope consists if a cylinder and a strip of paper showing 12 frames for animation. As the cylinder rotates, stationary mirrors in the center reveal a single image in motion. Charles-Emile Reynaud, a Parisian science teacher, invented the praxinoscope in 1876.

“Since I’ve been interested in film education, and the history of film, I thought the donation of this early motion-picture device would be perfect for the Nick,” said Baker, a media literacy education consultant and member of the Nick’s education advisory committee. “Dating back to the late 1880’s, the praxinoscope demonstrates how an inventor thought of moving pictures, by creating a device that would entertain and fascinate audiences. Today, the Nickelodeon Theatre does the same thing by exposing audiences to the best in moving images, while also educating future film audiences.”

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