The First 3D Movies

Stephen R. Wilk

Uncovering a technology mash-up from the earliest days of motion pictures.

The MutoscopeThe Mutoscope, an early motion-picture technology, let viewers watch a succession of flipped images on a rotating drum. [Getty Images]

For many years, 3D movie fads seemed to come in cycles of about 20 years; there were outbreaks in the 1990s, the late 1970s, the early 1950s, even the 1920s. Yet there was an even earlier burst of activity—which unfortunately did not see commercial success.

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Publish Date: 01 November 2021

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