- 125 people died during a film screening at the Charity Bazaar in Paris after a curtain catches on fire from the ether used to fuel the projector lamp.
- Mitchell and Kenyon go into a film-making partnership
- Enoch Rector develops a 63 mm film format called Veriscope, which films the Corbett-Fitzsimmons championship match.
- Thomas Henry Blair develops a 48 mm film format called Viventoscope.
- Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Procession filmed
Films released in 1897
- February 10 - Dame Judith Anderson, Australian actress (died 1992)
- February 12 - Vola Vale, American actress (died 1970)
- March 16 - Conrad Nagel, American actor (died 1970)
- April 1 - Nita Naldi, American actress (died 1961)
- April 14 - Claire Windsor, American actress (died 1972)
- June 16 - Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (died 1948)
- June 19 - Moe Howard, American actor and comedian (died 1975)
- June 23 - Alexandru Giugaru, Romanian actor (died 1986)
- October 28 - Edith Head, American costume designer (died 1981)
- October 30 - Rex Cherryman, American actor (died 1928)
- September 23 - Walter Pidgeon, American actor (died 1984)
- November 13 - Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (died 1975)