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The first nature movie, featuring the wonders of Yosemite,fields of wildflowers, and people, was shown on an evening in the first part of the summer season after night had fallen on the porch of the Studio of the Three Arrows in the Old Village of Yosemite. The location was a few feet toward what today is called Curry Village and near the verge of the road. You can see The Gazebo Pillsbury built in front of the original studio building at Studio of the Three Arrows.
As his first duty of the day Pillsbury's youngest son, Arthur, would sweep the porch and pick up any residue from the day before. This routine began in 1913, when he was eight. But people had been enjoying the movies at the Pillsbury Studio since the season of 1909. Down the page you will see one of the post cards Pillsbury had printed to advertise these regular evenings to be spent in Yosemite which was sent to friends at home. It is postdated June 15, 1010.
The showings were free, but many patrons came early to buy cards to send home and then waited in the gathering shade, eating a picnic lunch before the show began.
As evening came people would start to gather, awaiting the images which would appear and the narration provided by Arthur C. Pillsbury.
Everyone went to Pillsbury's when they were in Yosemite.
The First Nature Movie - 1909