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Andrew McCrea
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What do you think of curved seating. Do you think auditoriums should have curved seating and a curved screen?

Andrew McCrea

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Darryl Spicer
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Answered in the Perfect Ausitorium post.

John Pytlak
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Theatres that use matte white (gain=1) screens that reflect light in all directions should always install the screen flat. Otherwise, cross-reflections will be a "contrast killer".

A directional gain screen needs to be curved, such that the light is reflected toward the center of the audience. This can best be done by "ray tracing", or following "rules of thumb" such as SMPTE Recommended Practice RP95. A gain screen installed flat will tend to be difficult to light uniformly, especially where the throw is short and the audience is seated close to the screen.

A really deep curved screen like the D-150 or Cinerama systems used needs to be designed carefully (e.g., Cinerama "strip screen") to avoid cross-reflections. They also tend to have much more of a "sweet spot" for optimum viewing, with objectionable geometric distortion outside of the "sweet spot".

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
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