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I've had a 120" 4:3 DaLite CinemaVision 1.3 gain screen, which was a nice screen. It had kind of a faint parchment/yellow tint to it, but it was not noticable until I bought another screen to compare it to.
My next screen was a 144" 16:9 Draper M2500 2.3 gain fixed screen which I initially used with my Electrohome ECP Graphics FPTV (like the ECP4100), then I upgraded my projector to a Sony 1292Q, which is comparable to your 8501, and it was a good match providing enough brightness to support the larger screen.
I had an earlier mix of the 2500 material, so I didn't have the streaking problems that later owners had, but there was some visible hotspotting and colorshifting compared to my earlier lower-light output FPTV, but it provided more "punchy colors and better contrst" that the earlier screen.
The M1300 material would be the one suited to your projector size combo.
Then I wanted to go with a 180" perforated screen, and got a JVC G1000 D-ILA FPTV, and later a G15. For cost reasons with such a large screen I went with a DaLite Audiovision 1.0 gain screen, which seemed to provide a bit more detailed image than the higher gain screens.
And now I have a Stewart Grayhawk Microperf 180" 16:9 screen, which does provide the best image that I've seen yet. For your 8501 you would instead choose the regular StudioTek 130 screen which is more suited for CRT FPTVs. I used to think that the Stewart screens were overpriced, but now having lived with one, there is a notable level of both build and design quality which is better than the other screens that I've owned.
With your projector (a very nice one) and your screen size (not too big), you will get the best picture with a 1.3 gain screen.