Nostalgia on Tuesday: Rise of the movies
During the 1880s, Leeds almost became the capital of the motion picture industry. Louis Le Prince, born in Metz in 1842, moved to the city in 1866 and whilst there he carried out experiments with moving pictures. In October, 1888, he positioned himself on Leeds Bridge and captured on paper film and using a single lens camera, the busy traffic passing by. He also filmed moving picture sequences at Roundhay. His work was ground-breaking but he left Leeds shortly afterwards, intending to return to France for a short period, then perform at a public demonstration in the US. Mysteriously, he vanished from a train on September 16, 1890. His body and luggage were allegedly never found.