The town of Ennis, Texas is home to what is believed to be the world's first 3D drive in theater. The Galaxy Drive In Theater, located off of Interstate 45 about a half hour south of Dallas, is implementing Dolby Digital 3D at one of their outdoor screens and will show their first 3D movie Christmas weekend.
The Galaxy actually opened in 2004 in an attempt to revive the drive-in experience of the 1950s. While many doubted the theater would succeed, the Galaxy has actually flourished, as moviegoers across the Metroplex make the drive to Ennis seven days a week to take in the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
According to an announcement from the Galaxy, they will begin showing films in Dolby Digital 3D, a technology different than RealD 3D, which is shown in most theaters. According to the Galaxy, Dolby 3D is more advanced, and their glasses use a multi-coated process to create the 3D effect. Glasses for Dolby 3D will be available from the box office but must be turned in to an attendant after the movie. Dolby 3D glasses cost the theater $20 each, unlike the RealD glasses that cost about $1 to make. RealD glasses will not work with Dolby 3D movies. A $2 surcharge will be added to ticket prices for 3D movies to cover the cost of rental.
Yogi Bear 3D will be the first film shown at the Galaxy in Dolby 3D, in a special Christmas weekend screening. Future 3D screenings will be announced via the Galaxy website. For more information the Galaxy, visit GalaxyDriveInTheatre.com.