You might consider that 21st Century Cinema is something that was easily developed overnight. Naturally if you are of a young age you may not consider that the cinematic experience and that of the moving image via such a vessel only started back in the early 19th Century.
The earliest dates on record are 1827 for the use of a projection box, with much of the previous two centuries housing such magical effects as a magical lantern which used candle light but could still play moving images to a certain degree.
It could be said that the projection box single handedly changed the basis of entertainment in one fell swoop. No longer did actors and actress in stage performances have to do a show over and over again - although they do still today. No longer did they need to tour the country to perform in front of n audience.
Simply stand in front of a camera, witness your performance recorded and then relayed across countless cinemas around the worlds in front of millions. the reach of an actor, actress or comedian was never so easy as it was when the projection box was invented. Which is why it spread around the world so quickly. It did however start off a lot slower than your average star studded film these days. Black and white at first with hints of colour. No sound and silent movies making comedians take an alternative view to performing for their audience.
With each development in early cinema comes comparatives developments elsewhere. You have to remember that this new technology not only captivated the public but businesses and entrepreneurs, inventors if you will, who saw an opportunity to make their mark on the cinematic audience. Trick cinematography, more than one shit film, rotating cameras, films seven minutes long, panning shots and reverse motion were all techniques developed and equipment created in the 19th century. These miniature films were a far cry from the action packed feature length films that we see today, however for an audience captivated, they were a joy and an amusing form of entertainment which just kept on changing.
It was an industry that people can pay low cost on a monthly basis to see the latest developments in cinematic history go live. It was akin to the fervour of people waiting for the next release of the iPhone using the latest tech. People were mesmerised as the projection box went from single shot without audio to multiple shots, colour, audio, action from the front line, full 90 minutes, special effects... until today's version with optical media, surround sound and millions of pixels.the 19th century populations would truly be in awe of today's projection box technology. And still yet, with 4D films to come, the story is set to continue.