*Still very much an HT newbie, so please don't flame me too much if this question is stupid* Check this (admittedly humorous) theater's FAQ. All in all, I was having a big laugh, till I reached this question: "Q: Why is it I see microphone booms on the top of the frame in movies in your theater? A: Because we are special. It is an honor bestowed upon only the coolest theaters. And it might also be that I can put in a different plate that crops the image (aperture plate), but it would make the movie seem like you’re viewing it through a mail-slot. Sometimes I can frame the image down and eliminate most of that, but that often leads to seeing the spot lights normally below the frame. So, I leave it alone and it gives you something to tell your grandchildren about." A friend of mine saw A Beautiful Mind in a crummy local theater, and saw boom mikes. We chalked it up to a misframed picture. We started searching the web for an answer, and came up with the site. But this guy makes it sound as if framing his movies properly (which is what I think he implied by "seeing it through a mail slot") is undesirable. Is he poking fun at his own inexperience as a projectionist, or saying that he prefers "faulty" framing? or is he taking about something entirely different and I'm looking like a moron for even asking?