Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections houses a diverse collection of professional and amateur motion picture films made in the Pikes Peak area. The Pikes Peak region has been the backdrop for filmmaking since the Edison Manufacturing Company produced short actualities here in 1897. The rugged beauty of the area inspired both professional and amateur filmmakers throughout the 20th century. Colorado Springs was the headquarters for two major film directors during the 1910s - Romaine Fielding, who produced films for the Lubin Manufacturing Company, and Otis B. Thayer, who formed the Pikes Peak Films Company in 1914. The Alexander Film Company, which moved into Colorado Springs in 1928, created a large film advertising company and filmed thousands of motion picture ads, television commercials and other productions here during four decades. City officials and boosters have used film as a medium for attracting both tourists and residents to the area since the 1910s.