The first surge of 3D movies in U.S. theaters is expected by 2009, according to Reuters. The technology used to make this possible is currently used by NASA to train astronauts to make repairs in space.
Nearly every large movie studio and many smaller ones have at least one or two 3-D titles in production, though most release dates have not been announced.
Digital 3-D, pioneered by a Beverly Hills company called Real D, still requires moviegoers to wear geeky glasses, but the left- and right-eye images are calibrated so finely that most viewers experience no headache or eyestrain.
"None of the 3-D systems in the past allowed you to immerse yourself in the frame," said Walden Media Chief Executive Cary Granat, whose "Journey 3D" will be the first live-action digital 3-D feature film release in 2008. "This is really the next step of film-going," he told Reuters.