I'm not understanding something. If your room can accomodate a 120" wide screen for example, why would you get a 2.35 ratio screen instead of a 1.78 (16:9) screen and vertically mask it to 2.35 when needed. Are there any downsides to doing that?
If both screens are the same width, a masked 1.78 screen would have the same area as an unmasked 2.35 screen.
I guess I assume people start by figuing out how wide a screen they can accomodate in their room and then choose a ratio. I just don't get why people choose CIH over CIW with masking. CIW would eliminate the need for an anamorphic lens and curved screens. What am I missing. Are the black bars shining on the masking noticeable or distracting?
Could someone please fill me in here.