Theater owners behind on 3-D projectors

In the projector booth, 35 mm projectors with giant film spools seem quaint next to the whirring black digital projectors running on autopilot. Giant silver venting tubes that dissipate heat and laptop computers residing atop them lend the appearance of something out of a science fiction movie.

Customers are eager for 3-D movies and willing to travel to see them, said Donna Spencer, manager of the 13-screen Cinemagic in Saco. One family traveled from Bangor— a distance of about 140 miles — to see the "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience," she said.

Spencer said she has yet to see a customer leave a 3-D movie disappointed. And there have been no complaints over the $3 ticket premium for 3-D movies, she said.

Parents especially enjoy bringing their kids to 3-D movies. DreamWorks Animation and Disney Pixar Animation say all future movies will be released in 3-D.

"The kids loved the 3-D," said Kim Marcotte, of Falmouth, who watched "Monsters vs. Aliens" with her 7-year-old daughter Sophie. "They were reaching out for the objects in front of their faces, and the audience would gasp. They all clapped at the end."


AP Movie Writer David Germain in Cannes, France, contributed to this report.

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