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Looking at declining ratios of opening weekend grosses between 3-D and 2-D equipped theaters, the LA Times recently asserted that 3-D was losing audience interest. This claim was refuted by proponents of 3-D who point out that 3-D screens still pull in 1.5 to 2 times as much as the same films on 2-D screens and they also point to independent surveys by Screen Digest and USC’s Entertainment Technology Center which they say indicate strong audience enthusiasm for 3-D and that “the more viewers see this generation of 3-D, the more they say they like it and the more eager they are to see more.”

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The Ogden Standard-Examiner quoted Phil Lelyveld of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Entertainment Technology Center about 3-D movies. “The two-color glasses, used for years and years, go back to the 1800s. They achieve the 3-D effect by sacrificing color,” Lelyveld said. “[The newer] polarized glasses are slightly gray in tint, and they don’t take the color out. With polarized glasses, which look like sunglasses, the light is spinning clockwise in one eye and counterclockwise in the other.”

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