The Amazing Story of the Video Jukebox


Laserdisc?      No.
DVD?             Nope.
Ipod?             Nah.
DVR?            Not even close!

 

In the U.S., the original video jukebox was a machine like a jukebox that played records, but instead showed videos. You could find them in bars and clubs in a few East Coast cities from 1964-1969. They were not called video jukeboxes, but went by the name that had made them a huge sensation in France and Europe: Scopitone.

The really amazing thing about those first music videos (sorry, MTV) is that the original public player presentation was made in Chicago--in 1939!

Now, Radio George brings back the idea, thanks to the Internet and your computer!

Here are some links with more info on the world's first video jukebox and best of all, some actual video jukebox videos a look at what  the Scopitone looked like:

Scopitone-The Visual Jukebox
Wonderful, easy-to-read history, with pictures

The Scopitone Archives
Incredible pictures of the Scopitone &  its spin-offs with links to see many Scopitone videos

Everything Scopitones
THE link to watch a lot of the actual (cheesy!) videos

Le Scopitone! A Detailed History
Videos to watch and the Mafia connection

The Last Still-Working Scopitone in the US
You'll never guess where it is

 

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