Jean-Claude SEGUIN

Birmingham est une ville  des Midlands de l'Ouest en Angleterre (Grande-Bretagne).


Le Cinématographe Lumière de Félicien Trewey (The Empire Palace, 23-[30] mai 1896)

birmingham empire palaceBirmingham, Empire Palace, 1895. [D.R.]

En provenance de Cardiff, Félicien Trewey va donner des séances à l'Empire Palace :

THE LUMIERE CINEMATOGRAPHE.—Monsieur Trewey, the well-known French entertainer, last night gave a "seance" to a select audience at the Empire Palace, Birmingham, the attraction being the wonder-working cinematographe, which has recently met with such marked success at the London Empire. One can have little idea of the manner in which moving pictures be produced, who not seen the invention. The taking of snapshot photographs at the rate of nine hundred per minute could scarcely improved upon, and if the continuity of production can maintained a somewhat slower rate than the pictures are at present passed through the cinematographe. the ingenious gentleman who originated dry photographic plates, will be within reach of perfecting his charming instrument. About a dozen French pictures were shown last night, all of which were rented with astonishing fidelity. A scene on a rock-bound coast, in which, as a spectator remarked, “one could almost smell the seaweed," and the falling of a wall, with all its accompanying dust and debris, were only two of a well-elected series. It is intended, before the visit to the city terminates, to put on a number of English pictures.

Birmingham Mail, Birmingham, lundi 18 mai 1896, p. 2.

La presse londonienne se fait également l'écho de ces présentations :

BIRMINGHAM. —THE EMPIRE PALACE (Managing director, Mr. H. E. Moss; general manager, Mr. Frank Allen;  acting manager, Mr. A. W. Matcham ; stage manager, Mr. P. A. Lennon).
The premier attraction at the Empire for this week is the Lumiere Cinematographe. Something of the same kind has already been seen Birmingham ; but the advantage of originality is claimed for the present contrivance. The Empire audience judge the exhibition on its intrinsic merit, and the one opinion expressed is that a cleverer form of entertainment has never been seen in the city. The mechanism consists in the presentation, on a screen, of moving scenes, and the development of electricity and instantaneous photography has rendered this marvelous result possible. The Perfection attained is truly wonderful. Monsieur Trewey, under whose direction the Cinematographe is worked, causes about ten pictures to be shown. One of the most noteworthy is a piece representing the sea dashing over rocks. The height of realism was here reached, for the restless motion of the sea, and the breaking of the waves are shown with remarkable fidelity. A child catching fish in a glass vessel is splendidly portrayed, the arrival of an express train, and the movements of the passengers are equally vivid sketches of the Champs Elysées, bathing in the Mediterranean, a family at breakfast, the demolition of a wall by workmen, the employés of a Lyons factory leaving work, and three men playing cards, and drinking and smoking, are all reproduced with lifelike accuracy. It is not by any means the only attraction this week, for the programme is from first to last a most interesting one.

Music Hall and Theatre Review, Londres, vendredi 22 mai 1896, p. 17.

Le Cinématographe Lumière de Félicien Trewey (The Empire Palace, <4> septembre 1896)

Félicien Trewey est de retour et donne des séances à l'Empire Palace :

BIRMINGHAM—THE EMPIRE PALACE (Managing director. Mr. H. E. Moss ; general manager. Mr. Frank Allen ; acting manager, Mr. A. W. Matcham ; stage manager. Mr. P. A. Lennon).—The good programme presented the visitors to the Empire Palace this week contains many special lines. Prominent amongst these is the cinematographe ; and, under the able management of Mons. Trewey, many beautiful scenes are shown. They include scenes of the coronation of the Czar of Russia, manoeuvres of French cuirassieurs, and movements of the Queen's Guards at St. James's Palace. The other views are selected from various subjects. which do not fail to create the greatest enthusiasm. It might be mentioned that Mons. Lumiere, whose original cinematographe Is being used, was the only person granted Royal permission to photograph the different processions in connection with the coronation of the Czar.

Music Hall and Theatre Review, Londres, vendredi 4 septembre 1896, p. 14.