Welcome to 2013 World 3-D Film Expo

IMPORTANT!!  AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, EXPO TICKET SALES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IN-PERSON AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE BOX OFFICE!  THE EGYPTIAN BOX OFFICE WILL OPEN 90 MIN. BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST SHOW OF THE DAY.  

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED EXPO TICKETS IN ADVANCE, THEY WILL BE HELD AT “WILL CALL” AT THE EGYPTIAN FOR YOU TO PICK UP.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-LINE OR PHONE SALES AVAILABLE AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th THROUGH THE REST OF THE EXPO.

“Excitement That Can Almost Touch You!” … “Bwana Devil – A Lion in Your Lap – A Lover In Your Arms!” … “The Hand is at Your Throat — The Kiss is at Your Lips – House Of Wax!”

It’s been 60 years since 3-D literally leapt off American movie screens with films like CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, KISS ME KATE, DIAL M FOR MURDER and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.  Now, over half a century later, 3-D is back in the mainstream with a vengeance … and so is the World 3-D Film Expo!

3-D today may be technically different than the dual-35mm projector system of the early days – but whether you’re watching James Cameron’s AVATAR or Andre de Toth’s spine-tingling HOUSE OF WAX, there’s that same sense of childlike wonder and pure gonzo fun at watching images float/bounce/stab off the screen straight at you.  There’s no denying it:  3-D is Cool.

3-D technology has changed significantly since the first Expo at the Egyptian in 2003 – and in keeping with the times, we’re thrilled to partner with RealD in presenting digital 3-D screenings the first weekend of a number of previously-unavailable movies, kicking off with a special 60th Anniversary screening of the John Wayne western HONDO, followed by such treasures as a 1946 Russian adaptation of ROBINSON CRUSOE and a fascinating program of “European 3-D Cinema from 1935-1953” (including long-lost 3-D footage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics).  And yes – we’re finally showing the nuttiest 1980’s 3-D movie of all, JAWS 3-D in a new digital transfer!  (It’s worth noting that all of the above programs are only available in digital 3-D now – another reason to embrace the new technology.)

But for fans of classic 35mm double-system projection, never fear:  we’re screening an incredible bonanza of one-of-a-kind prints of classics like KISS ME KATE, HOUSE OF WAX, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, all in their original dual-interlocked projector format with a silver screen and polarized glassesalongside gems like the World 3-D Premieres of the Korean War drama DRAGONFLY SQUADRON (one of the last unseen 3-D features from the classic Fifties era) and the long-lost short “COLLEGE CAPERS” (restored from the only surviving print in existence.)   And let’s be honest:  3-D was never meant for a Chekov play, it was always best at pure genre filmmaking – and whether your taste is Gothic Horror (THE MAD MAGICIAN, THE MAZE), Film Noir (I THE JURY, INFERNO), Musicals (THE FRENCH LINE, THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE) or “What on Earth is That??!” (the indescribably deranged ROBOT MONSTER and GORILLA AT LARGE) — it’s here at the 3-D Expo.

Sadly, several of the 3-D features and shorts screened at the previous Expos are no longer available – yet another reason that Expo III is a once-in-a-lifetime event, because for many of the movies showing here, you literally will not see them projected this way again.  For the hardcore film-buffs, another reason not to miss the Expo is that we’ll be showing all of the features and shorts in their correct aspect ratio (many in widescreen); for the most part, these 3-D films have not been seen in their director-intended widescreen versions since their original theatrical play-dates nearly 60 years ago!

Special Thanks to:  David Packard; Heather Dawe, Amy Lewin & Nora Hui/RealD; Barbara Smith, Paul Rayton, Gwen Deglise & Nancy Winters/American Cinematheque; Eddie Richmond, Todd Wiener & Steven Hill/UCLA Film & TV Archive; Mike Pogorzelski and Cassie Blake/Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences – Film Archive; Paul Ginsburg/Universal Studios; Marilee Womack/Warner Bros. Classics; Bob Furmanek & Jack Theakston/3-D Film Archive; Gretchen Wayne/Batjac Productions; Stefan Droessler/Munich Film Museum; Chris Chouinard/Park Circus; Danny Cook/Fox Repertory; Juliette Spinner/Paramount Pictures Repertory; Grover Crisp/Sony Pictures; Walt Disney Studios; Wade Williams; Matt Spero; David Hurst/American Hi-Definition.