I’ve found many lists and supercuts of movie characters watching movies. I’m wondering what the first known instance of this (movie characters watching a movie) is.
2Interesting question. IMDB has a keyword, "Watching a movie", and if you list films with that keyword by release date it's a Japanese comedy from 1932 called I Was Born, But.... Then many more in late 30s and 40s.– user56reinstatemonica8Oct 16, 2022 at 13:37
2Voting to reopen as per the Movies & TV Meta posts: Which trivia questions are on-topic and which are off-topic? and Can we please redefine "trivia"?– galacticninjaOct 18, 2022 at 12:05
1@user56reinstatemonica8 Could you turn that into an answer? It's a good start :)– JoachimOct 20, 2022 at 10:02
It's such an old trope that I don't know for certain what the first is, but the earliest one I can cite is Those Awful Hats, a 1909 Biograph comedy short in which women enter a movie theater wearing increasingly larger and more preposterous hats, blocking the views of the other patrons, until a big crane drops down from above and snatches one of the women away.