2D Glasses Stave Off The Headaches At 3D Movies

2D Glasses Stave Off The Headaches At 3D Movies

3D movies can be annoying at best, and painful at worst. For a few bucks, you can grab a pair of 2D glasses that will let you see 3D movies without being subjected to all three headache-inducing dimensions.

Hollywood seems to really be pushing this 3D thing, to the dismay of myself and many others. If your friends are dragging you to see a movie in 3D, or if the theatre’s only offering a particular movie in 3D, you can save yourself the pain by picking up a pair of these 2D glasses. They look just like the 3D glasses they give you at the theatre, but block out one of the images so you see it in good, old-fashioned, non-headache-inducing 2D.

You can, of course, always try and make your own at the theatre, but depending on the glasses those lenses can be hard to pop out, so $US10 is a small price to pay for moviegoing freedom.

2D Glasses [via Gizmodo]


  • and since some cinemas only show some movies in 3D, this is a good way to see the 2D alternative. Like with Avatar it was only in 3D at every local cinema which was like 3 of them, I think Alice In Wonderland was another.

  • An alternative is to ware some Polarised sun glasses. (Which you probably already own)

    To test if your glasses are Polarised you’ll need two pairs (your pair of sunglasses and a shop display stand or a 3D pair you already have) ware one and look through the other straight on then rotate the glasses 90 degrees and a polarised pair will be much darker one way then the other.

    • A quicker way to check this is to just rotate an LCD watch display in front of you.

      Polarised sunglasses should make the screen unreadable on certain angles.

      Also if you sunglasses make certain car windscreens appear purple, that also shows they’re polarised.

  • I’m sorry, but are you all from the past? I love 3D movies! I’ve got my 3D LED TV and am loving the Blu-Ray 3D movies, the 3D sports on Foxtel, and the 3D PS3 games. I watched an NBA game a couple of weeks ago in 3D which actually cured the headache I had before donning the glasses. By half time, I was golden.

  • I myself spend half the 3d movie with the glasses off because i cant stand it. These days there are movies that only seem to air in 3d and it annoys me.

  • My deal (and my gf’s) with 3D movies is that we both wear glasses. Yes, you can fit the 3D glasses (or in this case 2D glasses) over the top of your other glasses but it is very uncomfortable and reduces the quality of the watching experience overall.

    We really, really wanted to go see Kungfu Panda 2.. but the closest cinema showing it in 2D is over an hour drive out of the city (add on the time getting to the highway)..

    I hope this is only a fad like with the red/blue glasses.

  • There is certainly some adjustment period. When I got my 3D TV I couldn’t watch it for longer than 20 minutes in one sitting. Now I can easily do 2 hours without feeling any strain whatsoever.

    Notice that creator of this is Hank Green. DFTBA.

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