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Screen that shines

I currently have a Da-Lite matte-white pull down screen. It's bright white and I believe it to be 1.0 reflectivity. It doesn't have any coatings, etc. It's a good screen and has served me well over the years.

However, one thing that I miss from the real movie theater is when the bright areas of the picture shine back at me. It's almost a metallic look, like something printed on metal foil. It sparkles and shimmers. It makes the movie look surreal, larger than life. I know it's a distortion of the image in a way, but I like it. This does not happen on my screen at home, it's just white.

What causes this effect? If I am looking to replicate it, what do I want in a screen (I assume it's some kind of special coating or surface)? Is it available on a pull-down screen?
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I currently have a Da-Lite matte-white pull down screen. It's bright white and I believe it to be 1.0 reflectivity. It doesn't have any coatings, etc. It's a good screen and has served me well over the years.

However, one thing that I miss from the real movie theater is when the bright areas of the picture shine back at me. It's almost a metallic look, like something printed on metal foil. It sparkles and shimmers. It makes the movie look surreal, larger than life. I know it's a distortion of the image in a way, but I like it. This does not happen on my screen at home, it's just white.

What causes this effect? If I am looking to replicate it, what do I want in a screen (I assume it's some kind of special coating or surface)? Is it available on a pull-down screen?

Screens with gain or silver screens can give you this effect - most would consider it an artifact. Get some screen samples and test them with your projector for desired effect ! Pull down screens will have less choices material wise than either fixed or tensioned electric screens however.

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Shoot me an email and I can send you some screen samples too.

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I currently have a Da-Lite matte-white pull down screen. It's bright white and I believe it to be 1.0 reflectivity. It doesn't have any coatings, etc. It's a good screen and has served me well over the years.

However, one thing that I miss from the real movie theater is when the bright areas of the picture shine back at me. It's almost a metallic look, like something printed on metal foil. It sparkles and shimmers. It makes the movie look surreal, larger than life. I know it's a distortion of the image in a way, but I like it. This does not happen on my screen at home, it's just white.

What causes this effect? If I am looking to replicate it, what do I want in a screen (I assume it's some kind of special coating or surface)? Is it available on a pull-down screen?
The one screen I've seen in action that gave off that silvery sparkle appearance was the Elite Starbright 7. It was a terrific large venue screen (when viewed from 20 feet of more) but had way too narrow a sweet spot for home theater use. This type of screen made Black and White movies look beautiful. Not everyone's cup of tea, but definitely a unique look. I saw this screen in action something like 6 or 7 years ago. I'm pretty sure it's not sold anymore, but you might find one used. (Warning: The screen was stiff like aluminum foil and can crease easily. A lot of care was needed in setting it up.)
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I'm getting the impression from above that the movie theater is probably using a high-gain screen to keep the image bright on their huge screen, and thus this artifact is born (which I happen to like). At home, when I'm sitting just a few feet from the screen with a plenty-bright projector, it would probably not work out the way I have imagined it, and I should just let this go before I waste a lot of tome and money. Thanks again.
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