Here are 4 Facts About Movie Theater Screens You May Not Have Known

Believe it or not, people still like going to movie theaters to see movies. I know I’d love to go more often than I do. Having the great sound and the giant screen are huge pulls for me. However, I recently came across an article over on ComingSoon that I found interesting, so I thought I’d share some highlights. The article talks about 4 things that many people (including myself) don’t know about theater screens.

How Screens Overcome Different Aspect Ratios

Scope and flat are the two main aspect ratios used by filmmakers. Flat is the commonly known 16:9 while scope is wider. In order to allow any movie in any theater without worries about showing pillarboxing or letterboxing which can be distracting for viewers, theaters use curtains to mask the black bars. These curtains are movable which allows easy adaptation for any film.

There are Tiny Holes in Screens for Speakers

Did you know there are speakers behind theater screens? I didn’t. I always just thought the sound came from the sides and back and maybe even the ceiling. However, it turns out that there are speakers directly behind the screen. In order for the sound to be clear though, there are several tiny, unnoticeable holes in the screen for the sound waves to pass through easily.

Most Screens are Not Completely White/Silver

Most theater screens are pearlescent which isn’t completely silver or white. Being pearlescent provides excellent contrast without the film being too bright. According to the article, a pure white screen isn’t reflective which makes the image too dim for good viewing.

Some Screens Float

Floating screens are more prominent in IMAX and other large formats, but that’s not their only use. The problem with floating screens though is that it’s next to impossible to use masking with floating screens. This means that you’re much more likely to see those awful black bars. The one advantage to a floating screen over a wall mounted screen is simply the physical limit imposed by the wall.

Did you learn anything from this article? I know I did.

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