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So I'm looking at at:
135 inch 16:9 screen -$175
139 inch 16:10 screen - $190ish

How will 16:9 content look on the 16:10 screen? Does that mean I'll get black bars? And how about 2.35:1 content? I know I'll get bars, but will the image be slightly bigger on a 16:10 because of that extra space?

I'm mainly getting the screen for my movie watching, tv shows, and very slight gaming. It's just a few dollars difference AND I'll get a few inches more (that's what she said). Will I experience any adverse effects if I go w/ the 16:10?
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So I'm looking at at:
135 inch 16:9 screen -$175
139 inch 16:10 screen - $190ish

How will 16:9 content look on the 16:10 screen? Does that mean I'll get black bars?
If you have a standard FHD projector (1920x1080) Yes: either the top and/or the bottom of the screen won't be illuminated, or (if you zoom the image) the sides of the image will be cut off.
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And how about 2.35:1 content? I know I'll get bars, but will the image be slightly bigger on a 16:10 because of that extra space?
If you zoom the projected widescreen image to fill the screen to its edges, there will be larger areas at top and/or bottom which are not illuminated by the projector. Some people like to cover the non-illuminated screen areas with a dark non-reflective cloth, similar to what's done in commercial movie theaters. This usually works more easily with screens which have a 2.35:1 size ratio to start with.
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I'm mainly getting the screen for my movie watching, tv shows, and very slight gaming. It's just a few dollars difference AND I'll get a few inches more (that's what she said). Will I experience any adverse effects if I go w/ the 16:10?
Unless you have a 16:10 projector (i.e. one intended primarily for use with computers instead of home theater), parts of it won't be illuminated. If you watch much 4:3 ratio source material, you would be able to zoom them to get a slightly taller image, though.

I'd suggest saving your pennies and spending them on a quality Blu-ray movie wink.gif

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Wow, good info thanks! appreciate it.

Like you said, I'll save the $ instead! Just gotta buy my screen before July 1, damn Amazon starts charging tax to us Texas folk!
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As Seldon said, if you have a 16:9 projector, then you want a 16:9 screen. 16:10 would just be a bother in every case. We have 16:10 at work, but so are the projectors.
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