I opted to not get a 16x9 or a 2.35:1 screen. I got something in between. First, let me explain why. Then we'll get to the screenshots and further explanations.
The first step was to get the projector (the 7000U at the time) to the house and mount in on the far back wall. I did this, so that I could zoom all the way out in order to get the largest height I possibly could get onto the projected wall. I then took a height measurement. It came out to 64" tall. Then, I put in some 2.35:1 content and zoomed out even further to take the largest width that I could project onto the wall. That came to 126" wide. So, I ordered a screen that was 126" x 64".
"But that is not 16x9 OR 2.35:1." you say and you'd be correct! It's 1.96875:1.
"That's crazy talk! There's not a single movie in 1.96875:1" you say. And this time you'd be half correct.
Here is 16x9 content and it takes up the maximum amount of height for my projected wall. The image can't get any larger without projecting onto the ceiling or projecting so low that the people's heads sitting in front would block a part of the bottom of the projected image from the second row seats. However, in this scenario, there are bars on both sides of the screen. People don't notice that, though, because we watch in a pitch black room and there is absolutely no light hitting the sides.
In order to accomplish this, the projector is mounted on the back wall just below the top of the screen and the lens is parallel to the screen. I use the joystick on the 8000U to manually set the vertical position of the 16x9 image while going back and forth between the mechanical zoom and the joystick (to set the height and vertical position of the image). Then, I use the joystick to place the image horizontally in the center (so that the left and right black bars are the same width.) Once that is complete, I save this as preset #1
and call it "16x9".
The next step is to display 2.35:1 content. When I first do this, I will have black bars on the top, bottom, left and right sides. So, I use the remote to zoom out until the image meets the left and right sides of the screen. I shouldn't have to adjust anything left or right with the joystick because it's already centered from setting the 16x9 image. Then, I use the "LENS CONTROL" > "V-AREA POSITION" settings to raise the 2:35 image to the top of the screen. I wanted to do this so that there was no black bar at the top. There is only one big black bar at the bottom to, again, minimize the risk of somebody's head getting in the way and also to somewhat simulate the seating of a big screen theater. Of course, I save those settings to lens memory preset #2
(calling it "2.35:1") and I never have to touch the joystick again.
Let me know your thoughts. I'd love to get your feedback.