Two Screens?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Tuco, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. Tuco

    Tuco Auditioning

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    Work has started on my home theater. I have a Panasonic 3000 with a 103" 2.35 screen that will be wall mounted. Add a Denon 3808 receiver, Oppo Blu-ray player and a 5.1 Aperion speaker system, and I think I have the makings of a pretty satisfying viewing experience. BUT...I watch a lot of "old" movies. You know - black and white, 4.3, monaural sound. So if I'm not watching the latest dumb-ass Hollywood thangs-blowin'-up-good movie, does it make sense to have a ceiling-mounted 4.3 screen to watch Humphrey Bogart?? Seats will be 12 and 14 feet from the screen.
     
  2. Joseph Bolus

    Joseph Bolus Cinematographer

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    I would go with the proposed pull-down 4:3 screen. After all, you have the perfect projector for this kind of application due to the AE-3000's highly touted "Lens Memory" system.
     
  3. Joseph DeMartino

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    Of course, you'll have to go through life with everyone calling you Lou "Two Screens" Jackson, but if you can deal with that...
     
  4. Leo Kerr

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    The other "classical" solution is to have adjustable black curtains that you can pull in on the sides to make your 103" 2.35:1 screen a 55" (or whatever) 1.33:1 screen.
     
  5. Tuco

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    Sorry, I didn't phrase my question properly. Given the dimensions of the 2.35 screen ( 40.5" x 95.2"), and distance to viewers (12 and 14 feet), will a 4.3 picture still look okay? I can't wrap my head around the math!
     
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    Do you want to maintain a constant height aspect ratio? If so, there is no need for a second screen, a pair of curtains will do. That is how I use my 2.35:1 screen - all movies are the same height, just the width changes. But if you feel 1.33:1 pictures are too small on your 2.35:1 screen then of course you'll need a secondary one. It's really a matter of what your personal preference is.
     
  7. Leo Kerr

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    If you're concerned about the math, a 1.33:1 image, full-height on your 2.35:1 screen will be just about 54" wide. This gives a diagonal of about 67.5".

    This, to me, sounds plenty big.

    It also has the added advantage -- particularly if you do have masking curtains -- of impressing people with the rather sudden difference between classic "square" pictures versus a proper Cinemascope picture.

    Leo
     
  8. Tuco

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    Thanks for all of the responses!
     

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