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Thomas Lincoln Tally
American theatre owner, film producer

Thomas Lincoln Tally

Thomas Lincoln Tally
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Intro American theatre owner, film producer
Was Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1861, Texas, U.S.A.
Death 24 November 1945, United States of America (aged 84 years)
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Thomas Lincoln Tally (1861 – November 24, 1945) on or near April 16, 1902, opened the Electric Theatre in Los Angeles, the first movie theatre in that city and the first movie theater in California known to have been built from the ground up inside a larger building on the ground floor. (Photographs exist but rights are not available).

With James Dixon Williams he founded First National Pictures. He was the first to show a color movie in Los Angeles in 1912, and he was the first to sign Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford to a movie contract.

Note on Wanamaker quote

The term Movie Palace is improperly applied in the quote. It is, apparently, used metaphorically and not keeping with a proper definition.


  • Tally v. Ganahl, 151 California Supreme Court 418 (1907)
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