Projector + screen material recommendation for filmic 2D image
Wasn't sure if I should stick this in the under $3000 or over $3000 thread... I don't have a firm budget but anticipate spending between $4000-$7000 between the screen and the projector.
Ok, so here's the deal: I know I could chase image perfection until I'm blue in the face and broke in the wallet. So I'm self-imposing a benchmark to meet, and being the nostalgic sucker I am that's the picture quality of a decent 35mm projected film theater from the days before digital started taking over in earnest.
I will not be watching any 3D content at all (just not the sort of movies I'm interested in, and I only watch in social contexts where 3D glasses won't be ideal), so in terms of projector performance and appropriate screen material its just not a factor. All content will be 2D cinema, primarily Blu-ray sourced.
I am moving into a new house next month and I live alone so I have a fair amount of flexibility.
This will be in the living room where I expect to have some light control, but it won't be a dedicated room (this is NYC afterall). Figure the room is something like 15' wide by 18' deep? I plan to paint the walls very dark, but will probably keep the ceiling relatively light. The screen will mount in front of the windows, blocking them when in use. I will exclusively be using this screen at night, so exterior light control is not much of a concern.
My question is what will give me the most filmic look? By this I mean color, contrast, texture, and cadence most like a traditional film-projecting cinema. I've heard LCoS designs give that texture and richness, but DLP better nails the cadence. What about Sony's black frame insertion on their SXRD?
At this point I assume my projector options can meet or exceed the *real world* contrast performance of typical commercial film cinemas (*not* referring to the theoretical contrast maximum of film). Am I wrong?
What projection surface most closely resembles a commercial cinema? Does a cinema typically have a unity gain screen or a slight gain around, say, 1.3? I plan not to use a perforated screen because I will still have the windows behind the screen and because the viewing distance will be too close.
Constant image height via motorized lens and a 2.35:1 screen is a plus, but not critical.
All insight much appreciated! I haven't had a projector since I moved into my current apartment a couple years ago, and before that I had an InFocus X10 shining on a Da-Lite Floor Model C in simple matte white (in a room with matte black walls).