Originally Posted by LilGator
I'm not making anything out. A twice Oscar winning cameraman suggested that most are CIA (this was a few years ago). A THX rep claimed that it's roughly 50/50 CIW and CIH, with CIA comprising a small minority in Nov of last year. You can listen to the podcast yourself: http://www.avpodcast.co.uk/podcast.mp3?p=98
Any way you slice it, THX certifies all three, so it doesn't seem relevant how many I've attended.
Please learn to read, and by your standards and 12 posts, it seems your cinema experience would be lacking.
8 pages into this thread, we're only going in circles. It's fairly obvious that there isn't a conclusive end to this.
I mean, do we even have one quote, just one director who prefers his 2.35 films to be bigger than his 1.85 films? One?
I have 12 posts because I work hard running my company. I own a screen manufacturing company in Australia, but what would I know hey : ) I know who's lacking, I know who maxed out his 1.78 screen image in his tiny room, and it ain't me!
Myself, I quite like my 135 inch scope screen which gives me a 107 inch 16:9 image at 3.5-5.5 metres.
I do understand what you're trying to acheive, I really do. I just think there's a right way to do things, and there are some odd and different ways to do things such as CIA... It doesn't make you wrong, it's just 'not right' in my professional opinion. You don't like my opinion because I don't agree with you. You can dig up all the posts you want, that cameraman is way off the mark.
However, some cinemas do show their (few) 16:9 films in smaller theatres, simply because they reserve the 'blockbuster movies' for the larger CIH theatres where $30,000 A lenses are in place. What we have here are called Senstadium cinemas. Most blockbuster movies are in cinemascope format - which is why we actually go to the movies to begin with, right?
I don't go to the movies knowing in advance the film will be 235 CIH, I go because I want to see the film, it just happens, like I said, that most decent 'cinema worthy' films are in scope.
Regardless though of what cinema is showing what movie, I have seen about two 1.78 movies in the past 12 months out of perhaps 20+ movies, the rest, you guess it were in scope and the cinemas were all indeed CIH.
Don't get upset when people in the industry and abroad don't agree with you ok.
Let me ask you this then, if there were no scope films out there, how big is 'big enough' for your 16:9 screen? And what if scope came along later and gave you a 33% wider image again, would you then
be unhappy with your 16:9 image? The very image that you had been viewing all those years?
The simple fact remains, scope is MEANT TO BE WIDER. One can still have an immersive 16:9 image if it's done right. Your room, by the sound of it is restricted by width. No?
I wish all films were in scope.. but I have my 16:9 image perfect and like 99% of us, we're happy with what the pros have given us and we choose not to tamper with it.