It will be in a theatre room to be built in my basement. It will be approximately 30 feet deep with 3 rows of seating. Since it will be exclusive for the theatre, the lighting in the room can be completely controlled.
My concern is that I know when the size is this big you may encounter issues to ensure proper brightness.
I am looking to go 16:9 but may consider 2.35:1. I just want to be sure I have a quality picture at this 16 ft wide size.
I currently have a 8ft wide screen (6ft high). I currently have a Sony VPH D50 projector. Its a great picture but I will be building a new house and want to go bigger
I am a bit of a novice so I am open to any suggestion on this matter. Thanks
Is this 16' screen going to be in your house or in your back yard? Also, how much distance from the screen and the projector? Which ever projector you choose, check out the calculator at projectorcentral.com and make sure you have enough room.
I have a Z3 and we took it to the yard this summer, its been 14' wide and 12'wide. Granted the movie ( RV) was very bright so that helped quite a bit but I was amazed at the image the projector threw at such a large distance. We watched a power point presentation and it came through bright and clear as well, even trailers for movies like Monster House with a lot of dark scenes looked good.
I suspect you can do this screen for well under 5 grand. I have a 8' wide screen now, not much gain ( It was a painted on gray screen) and unless its an artsy, grainy movie there is more than enough brightness. Go with a higher gain ( 1.8 and up) and you should be good to go.
TicoTV has given some excellent recommendations, IMO. In addition, I'd suggest considering a constant height 2.35 setup for such a wide screen. Plus, I'd purchase the projector, then experiment with actual screen widths before purchasing/building the screen.
My room is about 30 ft long and 14 feet wide and, while I don't believe you CAN have a screen that's too big (grin), a 16-foot wide screen would look AWFULLY big in that room. (I current have an 8-foot-wide 4:3 screen). Once you get a projector into the room, you might find that a 12-foot-wide image would be large enough and it would give you a brighter picture.
But, damn man, if you try it and the 16-footer works for you, Go For It!
Some of the new 1080p units however are not that bright. Might do better with some light canon like the mentioned Panasonic pj. Another choice is the new Mitsubishi. Said to be as bright as the Panny is normal situations and has better shadow detail.
This is a case where you really should see about demo'ing some of these yourself and then deciding. That's a freakin HUGE screen.
a 1280x720 (16:9) projector on a 16x9' screen will give you 6 pixels per linear inch.
A 1920x1080 projector on the same screen will give you 10 pixels per linear inch.
(That is, a 1280 projector'll give you 36 pixels/in^2, while the 1920 will give you 100 pixels/in^2.)
You'll be able to sit closer before you start seeing pixels.
Granted, if the source you're feeding it is only VHS, well, then you're doomed, but you knew that anyway, right?
But again, with full lighting control, I don't think you'd really need to worry too much about light output of the unit. Again, I've seen a perfectly respectable 500 ANSI lumen projection on a screen that size in a dark room; it was wonderful.. (the lower light level also helps the image quality in a number of ways, too. Less internal reflections in the optics, improves contrast tremendously, and also improves color and sharpness for the same reason.)