In the 1890s, films were seen mostly in storefront spaces and mobile acts in programs. A film could be under a minute long and would usually present a single scene. There was little to no cinematic technique and the film was usually black and white and it was without sound.
The novelty of moving photographs was enough for a motion picture industry to bloom before the end of the century in countries around the globe. The Cinema was to offer a cheaper and more simple way of providing entertainment to the masses. Filmmakers could then record actors' performances, which then could be shown to audiences around the world. Travelogues or diaries would bring the sights of far-out places with movement directly to spectators' hometowns. Movies would then become the most popular visual art form of the late Victorian age.