A Universe of Experience

Spitz and Evans & Sutherland pioneered the planetarium and immersive computer graphics fields. We design, fabricate, program, and create content for dome theaters and dome classrooms around the world.

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Worldwide Reach

Spitz and E&S theaters deliver breathtaking experiences to hundreds of millions around the globe

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World Class Clients

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Our installations are the focal points of major science museums and planetariums, and deliver signature experiences at the world’s most prominent theme parks and attractions.

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Innovation is in our

DNA

1946

First widely used planetarium projector

  • Armand Spitz‘s revolutionary Model A1 made the planetarium affordable for schools and museums of all sizes

1963

First graphical computer interface

  • Ivan Sutherland invents Sketchpad, considered to be the first computer-aided design (CAD) program – a major breakthrough in the development of computer graphics

1966

Model A3P & “Spitz Classroom”

  • The workhorse Spitz A3P went on to become the world’s most popular planetarium projector, with nearly 1,000 installations worldwide

1966

First computer-controlled planetarium

  • The Spitz Space Transit Planetarium  includes a third axis of rotation and precision planet projector control able to simulate travel away from Earth

1968

First head-mounted VR

  • E&S demonstrates virtual reality with a prototype nicknamed Sword of Damocles, in reference to a component suspended somewhat ominously above the operator

1973

First Dome IMAX

  • Spitz creates the first dome IMAX theater: a tilted-seating Spitz STS Planetarium which includes a new IMAX dome projector. To this day, IMAX uses Spitz domes exclusively

1977

First animated, textured computer model

  • The groundbreaking “E&S Hand” also becomes the first 3D computer graphic shown in a Hollywood movie – 1977’s Futureworld

1981

First digital planetarium

  • The E&S Digistar offers the first 3D starfields and complex wireframe animations in a planetarium, launching a revolution in immersive visual display

1982

E&S powers Star Trek II SFX

  • Digistar provides tactical bridge displays for USS Enterprise, as well as 3D moving starfields which open and close the film

1990

Powder coated dome

  • Becoming the standard for IMAX Domes around the world, Spitz electrostatically applies epoxy powder coating to deliver a perfectly uniform optical finish conventional paint can’t achieve

2002

Digistar 3 transforms planetariums

  • E&S debuts the first fully interactive real-time 3D planetarium and fulldome 180 x 360 video projection system

2006

Spitz joins the E&S family

  • Evans & Sutherland becomes the first full-capability dome theater provider, delivering inner and outer domes, projection and computing, content, theater design, and integration of all elements

2008

First seamless projection dome

  • Spitz NanoSeam™ is the first projection dome with no folds, overlaps, or irregularities, making seams invisible under projection. Over 200 have since been delivered

2019

DomeX LED dome

  • E&S is leading the revolution in shared immersive experience. DomeX provides brightness and contrast far exceeding conventional projection, heightening the sense that You Are There
Armand Spitz with Model A1 and kids
Ivan Sutherland with Sketchpad
Spitz A3P planetarium projector
Spitz Space Transit Planetarium projector
E&S "Sword of Damocles" virtual reality prototype
Spitz STS "Space Voyager" planetarium
E&S Hand 3D model
Digistar starfield with planet orbits and spacecraft
Star Trek II still featuring E&S computer-generated imagery
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Digistar 3 product photo
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NanoSeam dome at Adler Planetarium
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Immersive Experience is Our Passion

Providing design and engineering, imaging and spatial computing, dome screens and architectural domes, Evans & Sutherland and Spitz are the world’s only turnkey provider of complete dome theaters.

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Projection Domes

World’s leading manufacturer of domes for planetariums, Giant Screen Cinema, and attractions with over 1,500 installations. Providing unmatched optical performance, Spitz domes are the choice of the most discriminating clients.

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DomeX LED Domes

Revolutionary dome incorporating LEDs directly on the display surface. DomeX delivers extremely high resolution, with brightness and contrast levels unmatched by any other display technology.

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Fulldome Projection Systems

Affordable, compact projection designed for education and smaller planetariums. Spitz projection offers highest-possible brightness and resolution available in single or two-projector configurations.

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Planetariums for Education

Spitz invented the planetarium classroom and has defined planetarium education since the 1940s. The SciDome planetarium features educational applications and detailed curriculum for unmatched immersive teaching.

Architectural Domes

Dome exteriors, spherical paneling systems, and unique geometric aluminum structures for custom architectural applications.

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Shows

Spitz offers the world's most comprehensive show catalog for dome theaters. Our experienced team is committed to serving the industry’s diverse content and format needs.

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