Originally Posted by kiwi2000
I still cannot fathom how if I were to lower a 235:1 screen in front of a 16:9 how when the image is formatted it will not be spilling off in one form or another and visa versa.
Hi, kiwi2000: I think it's a valid concern, but my experience shows it shouldn't be a problem.
To drop a 235:1 screen in front of your 16:9 96" fixed frame, you may have light spillover at the bottom onto the underlying 16:9 screen, depending on the size of the scope screen, and how low you want to drop it. But that light will be part of the bottom black bar.
I have the "vise versa" setup, with a fixed scope screen, and a 16:9 screen electric drop down, There is no light spillover whatsoever, since the image fills up the entire screen. The following are some pictures (sorry for my picture taking skills and/or the point-and-shoot camera):
The 115" fixed frame scope screen (I think it was Gran Torino being played):
While we are at it, a screen shot of State Of Play (Surprisingly good movie):
Pitch Black (Or should it be called "The Origin of Riddick"?)
Now, the electric drop down, 106" 16:9:
Fargo (A slow fast movie):
Before The Devil Knows You Are Dead:b
The Oscar night (In the brightest Dynamic mode):
The Wizard Of OZ (4:3 movie on the 16:9 screen):
I was planning to use theater style curtains to cover the sides of the scope screen, but don't see the need for it after actual viewing. They don't bother me or any of my guests at all. They at least feel much darker than what the pictures show, maybe because your eyes are just drawn into the images on the 16:9 screen and what's happening in the movie. Of course, everyone has different priorities and preferences. BTW, I have dark screen wall, light colored ceilings and side walls, and we sit 15' away.
In your case, the scope drops down and should cover the top and the entire width of the 16:9 fixed frame. Speaking for myself, I know I won't notice part of the bottom bar landing on the 16:9 screen during movie sessions.