Q: How does 3D work?
A: To present a 3D motion picture, two images are projected superimposed onto the same screen through different polarizing filters. The viewer wears eyeglasses that also contain a pair of different polarizing filters. Each eye sees a different image as each filter passes only the light that is similarly polarized and blocks the light polarized in the opposite direction. The three-dimensional effect is produced by projecting the same scene into both eyes, but from slightly different perspectives.
Q: Do I have to wear 3D glasses to watch a 3D movie?
A: Yes. Without the glasses the image will not be in 3D and will appear fuzzy.
Q: Will there ever be 3D movies that don’t require glasses?
A: They are working on it. Autostereoscopic displays (3D displays that do not require 3D viewing systems, i.e. glasses) have been successful with small devices and gaming systems, however these systems do not yet appear to be applicable to theatrical presentations.
Q: Why is there a 3D surcharge?
A: 3D films require specialized technology that make them expensive for studios to produce and expensive for cinemas to project. As with any consumer item, these costs are, in part, passed along to you. The surcharge goes to the studios for the added cost of producing 3D movies and to the theaters for the added cost for the equipment to show 3D movies. A small portion of the surcharge goes towards the cost of glasses. The Dolby® glasses provided at the MovieWorks Cinema are the property of the theatre. After each show they are washed and sanitized for use by patrons in the next show. We appreciate that you handle them with care so that other patrons can enjoy a quality 3D experience.
Q: Will the 3D glasses from a different theatre work at the MovieWorks Cinema?
A: They must be Dolby® 3D glasses. The polarizing filters in the glasses must match the polarizing filters of the projector.
Q: Will the 3D glasses fit over my prescription glasses?
A: Yes, 3D glasses are designed to fit comfortably over prescription glasses.
Q: Do you have 3D glasses for children?
Q: If I have impaired vision can I watch a 3D film?
A: If you are blind in one eye, and want to see a 3D film, then you will still need to wear a pair of 3D glasses so that your functioning eye can only see one of the projected images – otherwise the picture would look fuzzy. The image will not jump-out of the screen at you giving a true 3D effect. It will look like a regular 2D movie. If you have limited visual impairment in one or both eyes, then you will still see the full 3D effect, as long as you can see the images through both eyes.