Originally Posted by tzucc
I don't think that's the question at all.
IMO it is.
All movies in any format should be wider/better/bigger/faster/etc... the question is whether, in the pursuit of the most impressive scope screen, are you giving up potential 16:9 surface area, and depending on room size, the answer is yes.
Not if you base your seating distance off screen height or size. There's no reason you should be unable to get a satisfying sized 16:9 screen in a CIH setup, period.
If you have a more squarish opening for the screen, maybe because you have a taller ceiling and raised seating as well, then opting for a 16:9 screen with a width the same as the ideal scope screen, gives you a way larger 16:9 image while getting you the same as the ideal width scope screen.
But then your 16:9 image is too big relative to the scope screen.
One downside is the cost of masking you might want at scope AR, and the other downside is that if you love the scope look, the 16:9 screen might look too old school. But leaving emotion aside, the 16:9 screen has it's benefits.
Well yeah, 16:9 screen with a 16:9 projector is way easier setup than a CIH setup. But then you have to live with scope movies being smaller than they should be relative to other ARs.
When Cinemascope was created, it wasn't to make a shorter/smaller image, it was intended to be a larger, more impressive
But we're humans and leaving emotion out of it is hard, so that's why I will probably go scope AR on the screen, and live with a smaller 16:9 picture than I currently have. Plus the projectors I like are dim, so concentrating light on a smaller screen raises foot lamberts.
Just move your seating forward so you're sitting at the same distance relative to the new screen height. Your 16:9 will still be just as big and impressive as what you've got now, and scope will be just that much more impressive.
That's really the issue, and I don't mean to offend anyone, but those who keep contending that there's some room configuration in which you you can't get a satisfying image size with a scope screen/CIH setup just don't understand how to setup an HT system and/or are hung up on having the "largest" screen. It's not the gross size of the screen that's important, it's the relative size of the screen, the viewing ratio that's the important part.