The Moving Picture World

The Moving Picture World was an influential early trade journal for the American film industry, from 1907 to 1927.[1] An industry powerhouse at its height, Moving Picture World frequently reiterated its independence from the film studios.

The Moving Picture World
January 4, 1913 cover, featuring a scene from A Sicilian Heroine, an Italian film
First issue1907
Final issueDecember 1927
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

In 1911, the magazine bought out Views and Film Index. Its reviews illustrate the standards and tastes of film in its infancy, and shed light on story content in those early days. By 1914, it had a reported circulation of approximately 15,000.[2]

The publication was founded by James Petrie (J.P.) Chalmers, Jr. (1866–1912), who began publishing in March 1907 as The Moving Picture World and View Photographer.[1][3][4]

In December 1927, it was announced that the publication was merging with the Exhibitor's Herald, when it was reported the combined circulation of the papers would be 16,881.[5] In 1931, a subsequent merger with the Motion Picture News occurred, creating the Motion Picture Herald.[6]

A Spanish language version of the magazine, entitled Cine-Mundial, was published from 1916–1948.[7]


  1. Speed, F. Maurice (1979). "The Story of the Film". Film Review 1979–80: 98. Not the first, but the best known, of early American trade periodicals was The Moving Picture World, founded by James P. Chalmers Jr, which began publication on 9 March 1907 as The Moving Picture World and View Photographer.
  2. "Through the Camera Lens: Moving Picture World and the Silent Film Era, 1907–1927". Gale.
  3. Fraprie, Frank Roy (1912). "James Petrie Chalmers (obituary)". American Photography. 6. American Photographic Publishing Company. p. 282.
  4. "A Martyr to Duty". The Moving Picture World. 12 (1): 21. April 6, 1912.
  5. "Screen Papers Merged: Exhibitors' Herald and Moving Picture World Close Deal". The New York Times. December 30, 1927. p. 21.
  6. "Exhibitor's Herald – Publisher Information". Eric Chaim Kline. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  7. "Hollywood Studio System Collection". Media History Digital Library. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
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