Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 - Sun, Jun 14, 2015
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100th Anniversary of 3-D!

THE GOLDEN AGE OF 3-D

Advances in digital technology and a desire to provide audiences with immersive experiences have pushed 3-D from specialty theaters to neighborhood multiplexes in recent years. Though the last decade has seen an explosion of 3-D films, efforts to bring depth to movie visuals go back a full century – the first public presentation of a 3-D motion picture occurred on June 10, 1915.

About halfway between that initial screening at New York’s Astor Theatre and the 2009 blockbuster AVATAR, 3-D experienced its first big boom as studios scrambled to put something in theaters to compete with the then-new medium of television. BWANA DEVIL kicked off an era that had viewers across the country donning cardboard glasses and ducking for cover as various objects seemingly shot out from the screen. This golden age of 3-D lasted just a few years in the early 1950s before theater owners tired of the requirements of the dual-strip format – two projectors running in perfect synch – and turned to other potential audience-grabbers such as CinemaScope.

If the paddle-ball and yo-yo tricks of HOUSE OF WAX and THE MAD MAGICIAN (both starring 3-D MVP Vincent Price) occasionally have the feel of a sideshow, 3-D films also were being made for more sophisticated tastes. The dancing sequences of MGM musical KISS ME KATE made good use of an extra dimension on screen, and even the great Alfred Hitchcock (DIAL M FOR MURDER) tried his hand at 3-D during the glory days of the format.

Series also includes CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, MISS SADIE THOMPSON, INFERNO, THE BUBBLE and an evening of 3-D Rarities.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreThu, Jun 11, 2015 - Sun, Jun 14, 2015
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Actor Trustin Howard (aka Slick Slaven) In Person!
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Free Screening! 3-D!
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 - 9:30pm
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3-D!
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
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3-D!
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
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3-D!
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 - 3:00pm
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3-D!
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
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