Originally Posted by OzzieP
Advantages and disadvantages to curve screens?
I would have to assume a brighter image for the viewer and not as much of a wide angle for viewing.
What about pin cushions on the sides or any other pluses or minus for a curve screen?
Compensates for pincushion distortion caused by a horizontal expansion anamorphic lens
Has a high "coolness" factor
Creates a more immersive experience
Creates barrel distortion on 16:9 images when the anamorphic lens is not in place
Slightly reduced viewing cone
So much of this, though, depends on the specifics of your install. If you have a short throw, a curved screen may be of real benefit. If your projector is mounted further away than 3X the screen height, the need for a curved screen is less. If you can share your specifics it would be really helpful.
Something to keep in mind - you should NEVER pair a curved screen with a vertical compression lens like the Panamorph U85, UV200, or FVX200, as they create barrel rather than pincushion distortion.
The amount of curve you need depends on the throw ratio. Shorter throws require a greater degree of curve.