"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
Welcome to the 3-D Film Archive LLC, the first organization dedicated to saving and preserving our stereoscopic film heritage.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 22 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; THE BELLBOY AND THE PLAYGIRLS (1961) is notable for several color 3-D sequences directed by 22 year old Francis Ford Coppola!
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 compiled into several volumes of “Treasures from the 3-D Film Archive.”
Please note that none of our films are in the red/blue anaglyph format. They will all be seen in their original and vastly superior Polaroid 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.