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Kinemacolor, n.

Forms:  19– Kinemacolor, 19– Kinemacolour. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: kinema n., colour n.1
Etymology: < kinema n. + colour n.1
Invented by English film pioneer George Albert Smith (1864–1959). The spelling color was perhaps intended to match the classical form of the first element kinema.
Now hist.

  A method (used in early filmmaking) of producing films in colour in which alternating exposures are made through red and green filters.

1909   Observer 28 Feb. 5/3   In ‘Kinemacolor’ there will be introduced to the public at the Palace to-morrow night a novel scientific invention which has revolutionised the art of the life-motion photographer.
1949   R. Low Hist. Brit. Film 1906–14 iii. 101   As the sheer novelty of colours wore thin the company perforce became more ambitious and in September 1910 it was announced that the first drama in Kinemacolor was being filmed.
2002   Sunday Times of India 15 Sept. 14/5   That unbelievable piece of history in colour was captured using a kind of experimental film technique as obsolete today as the Raj, Kinemacolour.
2004   Times (Nexis) 3 Aug. 27   Expensive period costumes had already been made in green and plum to exploit fully the marvels of Kinemacolor when copyright problems forced the abandonment of the project.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).