"A fascinating history of 3-D and wide-screen film-making."

Dave Kehr/New York Times – October 4, 2013


"Long settled as leading authority on depth and widescreen history."

John McElwee/Greenbriar Picture Shows – October 3, 2013


Our restoration of Arch Oboler's THE BUBBLE was selected by the
Museum of Modern Art as part of "To Save and Project:
the 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation."

The world premiere took place on Friday, September 7 at 8:30
with a second show on September 9 at 1:00.
Please click here for more details.
Nicolas Rapold - The New York Times

If you missed the gala premiere of our restoration of THE BUBBLE at MoMA, here's another chance to see it in 3-D on the big screen!
January 18 - January 24, 2015

The Los Angeles premiere is January 22, 2015 at the
American Cinematheque Aero Theatre in Santa Monica
with Michael Cole in person!

THE BUBBLE will open in Chicago on January 30, 2015 at
the Gene Siskel Film Center.

A note from Michael Cole:

"Having heard of his genius prior to our first meeting, I had no idea of what to expect when I met Arch Oboler.

He was a little man and when he walked in the room in a blue jump suit, thick glasses and a white construction helmet, you can only imagine what I was thinking.  Within a few minutes, however, this small man became larger than life. He was a man of wisdom with a gentle spirit. 

He was clearly a visionary with a genuine fascination with outer space.  (How often do you meet someone who literally carries a piece of a meteor in his pocket?) 

I know Mr. "O" would be deeply grateful to all those involved in the painstaking work of restoring THE BUBBLE. 

I truly sense it is the marriage of art and technology.   

A sincere thank you."

Michael Cole - November 11, 2014


Now Available on 3-D blu-ray!
Click each link to read the reviews.




Welcome to the 3-D Film Archive LLC, the first organization dedicated to saving and preserving our stereoscopic film heritage.

3-D is Coming

Founded in 1990 by award-winning producer, author and motion picture archivist/historian Bob Furmanek, the 3-D Film Archive has located and restored original dual-strip 35mm Polaroid prints of more than thirty features and two dozen shorts from 1922-1955, the “Golden Age” of 3-D cinema.

After 24 years of working to save and restore these rare films, we are about to share our three-dimensional treasures with the world!

We own exclusive worldwide rights to several copyrighted features: Arch Oboler’s THE BUBBLE (1966) is an eerie science fiction tale of several people trapped in a mysterious town;  DRAGONFLY SQUADRON (1954) is an exciting Korean War drama which has never been seen in 3-D; EL CORAZON Y LA ESPADA aka THE SWORD OF GRANADA (1953) is a costume adventure in Spanish starring Cesar Romero and Katy Jurado.

We also own archival 35mm materials on several hours of shorts, tests, trailers and cartoons dating back to the dawn of stereoscopic cinematography. They include Kelly's Plasticon Pictures: THRU’ THE TREES, WASHINGTON D.C., the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; Lumiere’s L’Arrivée d’un Train first shown at the Academie des Sciences in Paris in March 1935; NEW DIMENSIONS (aka MOTOR RHYTHM) the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the New York World’s Fair in May 1940; THRILLS FOR YOU, a fascinating promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad, first shown in May 1940 at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco; BOO MOON, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation from December 1953; DOOM TOWN, a controversial anti-atomic testing film which was mysteriously pulled from theatrical release after a few play-dates in July 1953; THE MAZE coming attraction trailer with fantastic 3-D production design by the legendary William Cameron Menzies, and many more.

These rare and historic shorts will be released by Flicker Alley on 3-D Blu-ray in 2015!

Please note that none of our films are in the red/blue anaglyphic format. They will all be seen in their original and vastly superior polarized 3-D versions.

Presented in high quality digital 3-D, all films in the Archive have been restored and mastered in HD from original 35mm elements for optimum quality. Meticulously re-aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, our historic 3-D films have never looked this good before!

Contact us for additional information on our vast library of vintage 3-D materials, including posters, lobby cards, pressbooks and stereo slides from the Golden Age of 3-D movies.

Visit our YouTube channel for exclusive clips and footage.

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3-D FILM ARCHIVE, LLC: PRESERVING OUR STEREOSCOPIC FILM HERITAGE SINCE 1990