When was the motion picture invented?
It was invented in 1876.
Thomas Alva Edison invented motion picture in the late 1890s. His interest in motion picture started at around 1888, and the first motion picture shown to an audience was in New York City on April 23, 1896. A fun fact is that one of the first motion pictures he took (and the first one copyrighted) was of one of his employees pretending to sneeze!
The Phantoscope, a prototype of the motion picture projector was invented by Charles Francis Jenkins, while living in Washington D.C. in the early 1890s. He displayed the first motion picture before an audience, using reeled film and electric light, in 1894 in Richmond, Indiana, near his boyhood home. Jenkins twice patented the machine before selling it to a partner who then sold it to Thomas Edison.