National Movie Day

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Ladies and Gentlemen, grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and get comfy on your sofa for National Movie Day! A day as exciting and unpredictable as a Hollywood blockbuster, as aromatic as freshly buttered popcorn, and as glamorous as a red-carpet premiere! Want to know more? Let's roll...

When is Movie Day?

It's national movie day on the 16th January.

Take One: The Beginning

Before Netflix and chill was a thing, or Amazon Prime had their own superhero shows, we had Movie Day to thank for our relishing love of those magical, moving frames. National Movie Day is all about celebrating our love for the silver screen, its history, vision, and the enchanting world it transports us to. It's a day to let your inner film-buff run wild and enjoy your favorite films, maybe even re-enact a scene or two!

Take Two: A Star Is Born

Back in the good ole' days of 16 January 2016, National Movie Day went viral with around 773 mentions online, setting the trend, and it's been nothing short of a box-office hit ever since. Making popcorn at home got a legendary status and binge-watching your favorite films in your PJs became a social phenomenon. It's a day of stardom, enchantment, and lots of unforgettable lines-

Take Three: The Sequel

Being cinephiles ourselves, we heartily anticipate this day. With the ever evolving mediums of film consumption, National Movie Day is a perfect day to appreciate the magic of movies, and how they touch our lives. Will there be a sequel to our favorite flick, or will a new actor be our next heartthrob, stay tuned to find out!

History behind the term 'Movie'


Birth of the Moving Picture

In 1895, the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, held the first public screening of their short films in Paris, France. These films, which they called 'moving pictures,' were captured using their invention, the Cinématographe. This device not only captured the images but also projected them onto a screen, marking the birth of the modern motion picture.


Evolution to the Silent Era

By 1905, filmmakers worldwide had embraced the moving picture concept. The industry underwent rapid growth, and movies transitioned into the era known as the Silent Era. During this period, films were predominantly without synchronized sound or dialogue. Instead, live music accompaniment and intertitles were used to enhance the storytelling.


The Talkies Revolution

1927 witnessed a groundbreaking development in the film industry with the release of Warner Bros.' 'The Jazz Singer.' It was the first feature-length motion picture to include synchronized dialogue sequences, marking the birth of 'talkies.' This technological advancement forever changed the way movies were experienced, paving the way for the transition from silent films to sound films.


Golden Age of Hollywood

The 1930s and 1940s are often referred to as the Golden Age of Hollywood. During this time, movie studios produced a vast number of iconic films that became integral to American and global culture. Classic movies such as 'Gone with the Wind' (1939) and 'Casablanca' (1942) emerged, capturing the hearts of audiences and solidifying the influence of the movie industry.


Introduction of 3D Films

In 1953, the movie industry introduced stereoscopic 3D films to add a new dimension to the cinematic experience. The first widely successful 3D film, 'House of Wax,' starring Vincent Price, showcased the potential of this immersive technology. Although 3D film popularity has fluctuated over the years, it continues to be utilized as a captivating storytelling tool.


A Sci-Fi Phenomenon: Star Wars

The year 1977 witnessed the release of the original 'Star Wars' movie directed by George Lucas. It became an instant cultural phenomenon and created a lasting impact on the film industry. 'Star Wars' birthed a beloved franchise that extended to sequels, prequels, spin-offs, merchandise, and a dedicated fan base, showcasing the immense influence movies have on popular culture.


The Rise of Box Office Blockbusters

In 2009, James Cameron's epic science fiction film, 'Avatar,' was released, revolutionizing the concept of box office success. 'Avatar' quickly became the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Cameron's previous record-holder, 'Titanic.' This marked the era of blockbuster films dominating the global box office, emphasizing the immense impact and popularity of movies on a grand scale.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's longest movie ever made is 'The Cure for Insomnia' which is an aptly named whopping 85-hours long? Now that's a movie marathon!


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First identified

30th March 2015

Most mentioned on

16th January 2016

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