Nov 30, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the film industry in 2020, mirroring its impacts across all arts sectors.Across the world and to various levels, cinemas and film theaters have been closed, festivals have been cancelled or postponed, and film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first movie studio in the United States when he constructed the Black Maria , a tarpaper-coated construction close to his laboratories in West Orange , New Jersey , and asked circus, vaudeville, and dramatic actors to perform for the camera. He distributed these movies at vaudeville theaters, penny arcades, wax museums, and fairgrounds. The first movie serial , What Occurred to Mary , was launched by the Edison firm in 1912. The pioneering Thanhouser movie studio was founded in New Rochelle, New York in 1909 by American theatrical impresario … Read more