A Universe of Experience

Evans & Sutherland and Spitz pioneered the planetarium and immersive computer graphics fields. We provide engineering, manufacturing, installation, content, and systems integration for dome theaters and immersive classrooms around the world.
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Worldwide Reach

E&S and Spitz 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
    Photo of powder coated dome
    Digistar 3 product photo
    Spitz - An E&S Company logo
    NanoSeam dome at Adler Planetarium
    Photo of DomeX LED dome

    Immersive Experience is Our Passion

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

    Projection Domes

    World’s leading manufacturer of domes for planetariums, Giant Screen Cinema, and attractions with over 2,000 installations. Providing unmatched optical performance, Spitz domes are the choice of the most discriminating clients.

    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.

    Fulldome Projection Systems

    From single-projector simplicity to multi-projector True8K™, Evans & Sutherland systems deliver bright, uniform projection for any dome size, budget, or theater configuration.

    The Digistar Real-Time Planetarium

    Digistar defines the standard for planetarium capability and usability. Evans & Sutherland’s innovation, capability, and commitment to user collaboration make Digistar the unchallenged leader in real-time fulldome simulation.

    Architectural Domes

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

    Shows

    Evans & Sutherland 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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    Projection Domes

    World’s leading manufacturer of domes for planetariums, Giant Screen Cinema, and attractions with over 2,000 installations. Providing unmatched optical performance, Spitz domes are the choice of the most discriminating clients.

    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.

    Fulldome Projection Systems

    From single-projector simplicity to multi-projector True8K™, Evans & Sutherland systems deliver bright, uniform projection for any dome size, budget, or theater configuration.

    The Digistar Real-Time Planetarium

    Digistar defines the standard for planetarium capability and usability. Evans & Sutherland’s innovation, capability, and commitment to user collaboration make Digistar the unchallenged leader in real-time fulldome simulation.

    Architectural Domes

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

    Shows

    Evans & Sutherland 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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