Originally Posted by LilGator
Do you watch movies back to back in theaters and see this transition, or are you speaking of the previews to feature transition (with the curtains moving out).
Both. I have a preferred cinema that I like to go to - it has bass traps in it 2 biggest screens. And it plays loud and clean! I usually find a good seat well before the lights dim - movie pending of course as sometimes you just take what you can for block busters but I do aim for a seating distance of about 3x the image height.
We also have what is called a movie marathon here for public holidays where for one ticket price, you get to see 3 or sometimes 4 films in one go! The movies start at 9PM and run until the 5am, so an all night affair.
Teenagers have killed it of course with their constant mobile phone use - or is that abuse? I can't tell. And because not all films are in Scope, you get to see the masking curtains open and close between films.
Theaters I've been in all have separate theaters for movies in each ratio, with proper seating for each sized screen. Not the same theater that switched between the two with curtains.
But you just asked me if I was talking about the pre-show and opening of the side masking - sounds like CIH to me.
I go to the cinema allot and even worked in projection, and I've never heard of that before. Maybe you should try and arrive before the lights go out
The seats are in rows and they range from way closer than 2x to about 5x in older cinemas with the newer cinemas limited to about 4x the image height.
There are, I'm sure, a few that are CIW as you say, but how can seperate theaters designed for 2.40 & 1.85 respectively NOT be the best option?
Sorry that does not happen. A cinema that can not run a film because of its aspect ratio is a cinema that will not make any money for that complex. At about 100K for a 35mm projector, you bet it will run every film that comes to through the complex, not just films in one aspect ratio. As a result, all cinemas can run both Scope and 35mm flat as well as multi format digital sound. The only exception of course is D-Cinema that can only run a D-Cinema file and not film and these are being used now for the special 3D screening.
American cinema chain Reddings decided to start CIW in the 1990's because they considered the number of 1.85:1 films in the 1990s was higher than what was coming in Scope. I bet they are having a re-think now
And I refuse to go to their cinemas becuase of the this fact.
All other cinemas are CIH including Hoyts, AMC, BCC, and the indies.
Transitioning this model to the home theater, only CIA would replicate that idea without having separate rooms.
Ahh no. Only CIH replicates REAL cinema which DOES change ARs.
OH and they USE anamorphic lenses for CinemaScope too