A look at the format throught the years
Edwin S. Porter tests his red-and-blue anaglyph glasses by presenting the first-ever 3-D film program at the Astor Theater. Gotham auds are not impressed.
First 3-D feature, Harry K. Fairall’s “The Power of Love,” opens at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel Theater.
New York World’s Fair auds witness Polaroid’s new 3-D technology (which replaces red-blue glasses with tinted lenses, but requires two projectors running in sync) with the 12-minute Chrysler promo “In Tune With Tomorrow.”
Arch Oboler’s “Bwana Devil” ushers in the golden era of 3-D cinema with the tagline “A lion in your lap! A lover in your arms!”
3-D gimmickry escalates with “House of Wax,” introducing stereophonic sound to 3-D cinema. “House” does boffo business for Warners, though 3-D fad fizzles a year later.
Francis Ford Coppola earns an early directing credit shooting 3-D footage for German sexploitation film “The Playgirls and the Bellboy.” He later helms the 3-D Disneyland attraction “Captain EO” with Michael Jackson in 1986.
Andy Warhol presents the X-rated “Flesh for Frankenstein,” a gonzo horror comedy directed by Paul Morrissey now regarded as a cult classic.
3-D cinema enjoys a short-lived revival with a trio of threequels — “Amityville 3-D,” “Friday the 13th Part III” and “Jaws 3-D.”
Imax launches its proprietary large-screen 3-D format with “Transitions,” a Canadian docu about transportation, carving out a 3-D niche with educational pics.
Robert Zemeckis’ “The Polar Express” earns a quarter of its total gross from 62 Imax screens, sparking renewed interest in 3-D Hollywood features.