Originally Posted by rdclark
What's interesting to me is how people use "what it looked like in the theater" as a benchmark. Yet with rare exceptions, I've never seen the same movie look the same in two different theaters, ever. Chain theaters intentionally running lamps at reduced levels to extend their life is only one reason; there are a number of variables that can affect the sound and projection of a movie.
if that is all the issues you have when you go to the theater, you are very lucky person.
For the last ten years, I have had to repeatedly go complain about focus to someone to have them re-focus the picture on the screen, but even then they do not get right about half the time..(problem is I have 20-20 vision or better actually, so I guess most people are not noticing it) Then there the hairs and debris that show up from not cleaning their equipment or whatever....
Frankly, I have seen a number of different home theater projector setups at various places that sell the stuff, and they are all vastly superior to what the a number of the chains around here offer at the theater (although they do have better popcorn than i got at home)
One day I shall have such a set up in the house, but now I have to deal with a 63 inch plasma in the living room, which can only be dimly lit unless half the house has the lights turned off in the middle of the night, and Mohicans is just too dark for me.....but I adjust the brightness and it becomes better, but not as good as I want.