C.V. Roikjer

Swedish photographer, showman

When the Copenhagen theatre impresario Harald Limkilde heard of the forthcoming industrial exhibition in Malmo, Sweden, he cancelled his plans to open the Lumière Cinématographe in Denmark, and converted Pilstorp's Summer-Theatre into a cinema, giving sixteen performances a day under the management of Swedish photographer C.V. Roikjer. The showings, the first film screenings in Sweden, ran from 28 June 1896 through to 27 September, and Roikjer became one of the several Swedish photographers (Numa Peterson, Ernest Florman) with a significant involvement in early Swedish film. In summer 1897, Roikjer organised the film showings for Numa Peterson at King Oscar II's Silver Jubilee Exhibition, through October 1897.

Deac Rossell