There was plenty of cheap, undeveloped land to build a studio (Not anymore!). But mostly, it was a long way from Thomas Edison in New Jersey. Yes, the movie business was born in the garden state!

Naturally, Thomas Edison sought to control the patent on the invention he financed (the kinetoscope). But filmmakers grew tired of paying Edison for the right to use a camera or make a movie. They fled to California but Edison hired Pinkerton detectives to track down his cameras and collect fees. Those comedic chase scenes from the early silent movies were inspired by real-life events!

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