Originally Posted by rekbones
People with a fixed 2:35 screen are screwed with these changing AR movies. They would have to watch all the 2:35 content with black bars on all four sides. I think the changing AR format is stupid, how do they do this in the theater or are all theater presentations in a fixed AR.
You're wrong on several points.
Most high quality theaters project all movies at the same image height (constant image height). Movies are filmed and meant to be seen at the same height; only the width is supposed to vary. This was an impossibility with modern 16:9 and 4:3 displays, but can be achieved with home front projection. As one forum member once put it as I paraphrase, "The Wheel of Fortune tv show is not meant to be taller than Star Wars or Lawrence of Arabia" which is what happens without constant image height.
My JVC projector allows me to zoom a scope (2:35/2:4) movie so there are no black bars seen. With 16:9ish, there are vertical black bars on the sides, but I am not distracted by it. One can always mask too if needed. The projector allows for zoom memories. Some people use anamorphic lenses too.
Now, if you want larger 16:9 content than how it will be displayed on a 2:35 screen, then a 16:9 screen makes sense. From my 10 foot seating distance, my 2:35 9 foot wide screen is good; but if I went 16:9 at that same width, it would feel overwhemling with 16:9 content and give too much of the IMAX effect. picture height is more straining to the eyes versus width given the nature of our eyes being side by side versus on top of the other.
Of couse, if you watch shows, sports, do gaming, in addition to movies, a scope screen might not be the best option.However, I prefer the constant image height approach as I use my projector strictly for Blu-ray movies, but to each their own.