Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Go as big as you can!
I'm ecstatic that I switched from 16:9 to 2.35:1. I won't switch back. But that's not only because it's what fit my wall best, it's also just my taste.
My viewable is 155" wide by 65" tall, and I'm at about 150" viewing distance (obviously I could care less what THX says about that). Works fantastic. I mask the vertical for 16:9, and don't even bother for 4:3 which I do watch occasionally (Kurosawa!). I feel that I watch more cinemascope than widescreen movies, but it's still "big enough" in 16:9.
But, it's not just a matter of what you can fit in the space; it's an individual thing. Get the one that you WANT - either way will work!
Also, don't feel restricted by choosing one format or the other. You can mask in both directions and get an in-between size if you like and if it works best for the room.