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The Early Years Of 3 D

Written by: George Chittenden : 11 Feb 2020

This brilliant photo was taken on November 26th, 1952 at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The audience are watching the premiere of Bwana Devil, the first American full-length 3D film in colour. The photograph was taken by Life magazine photographer J. R. Eyerman, who snapped a collection of images of the audience wearing their 3D glasses. This particular image has become rather iconic, as it was published as a full page in Life magazine. Bwana Devil was the very first widely released 3D movie, but surprisingly it wasn’t the first 3D movie, and 3D film actually goes all the way back to the 1920’s!

The film that holds the title for being the first is a film called ‘The Power of Love’, which is an American silent film. It premiered on September 27th, 1922, at the Ambassador Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles, but was only publicly shown twice in 3D. Are you curious to know what it was like? Well you’re not alone and unfortunately like many things the 3D version was lost. So check your attics folks as I’m sure like many of history’s mysteries, it’s just waiting out there to be found.

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