On 28 December 1895, the Lumiere brothers held the first public screening of motion pictures to a paying audience and the era of the cinema began. The programme featured 10 short films, starting with Workers Leaving The Lumiere Factory and ending with Bathing In The Sea. Fishing For Goldfish was the third item shown. The word 'cinema' came from 'cinematograph', which was the word used for the device that made and projected the films.
In 2011, a lawyer in China issued a law suit against a cinema for wasting her time by showing 20 minutes of advertisements before the main film.
The best year for UK cinemas was 1946 when 1.64 billion tickets were sold. In 2010 it was 169 million.
On 16 September 1997, the state of Kelantan in Malaysia announced that lights would be kept on in cinemas in order to deter people from kissing and cuddling. 'If we can watch television at home with the lights on, then why not in cinemas?' a minister commented.