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Brinton's Famous Moving Pictures: The Emergence of Early Film in America

The Brinton Collection contains films, slides, projectors, papers, and other documents from the life and career of William Franklin Brinton of Washington, IA. Brinton was an itinerant showman, travelling from Texas to Minnesota to project slides, film, and stage other entertainments during the years 1895-1909. He was also the manager of the Graham Opera House in Washington, which is still an active movie theater today and was recently declared the longest continually operating cinema in the world. Brinton was an eccentric and energetic individual, and the collection not only preserves some of the earliest commercially available film, it also contains material related to Brinton’s experimental interests, such as his passion for designing flying machines long before human flight became a reality.

The exhibit will be open to the public April 23rd-August 3rd, 2018

Gallery Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-6pm

Tuesday: 9am-8pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Friday, May 25 at 9:00am to 6:00pm

More dates through August 3, 2018

University of Iowa Main Library, Gallery
125 West Washington St. Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Event Type

Arts/Entertainment, Exhibit


Students, Parents, Alumni/Friends, Faculty/Staff, Everybody, Graduate Students, Community Members


University Libraries

General Interest

Arts Iowa, Art, Film, Museums, Theatre



Free of charge and open to the public

Contact Name

Connor Hood

Contact Email


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