From: St. Louis, MO, USA
Registered: May 2000
posted 10-12-2017 05:25 PM
I am attempting to help someone reopen a theater in the Midwest. The plan is to run a mix of commercial, art and classics. Among the many issues to resolve is installing a new screen.
The existing screen is a Hurley Superoptica. The tag shows it to be 22'6" x 50'. The screen has an approx. 6 ft depth of curve and is currently laced. It appears the screen is made of 1" unistrut.
The room is 60' wide and 90' deep and has 425 seats with side aisles.
I have zero experience with this much of a curve. Everyone that I have spoken with has an entirely conflicting option about screen type and how to hang it.
The theater will have digital installed, but will not be showing 3D. It will also continue to have 35mm capability as the owner has a film collection and the equipment is already there and functional.
Also, advice on an installer would be appreciated.
posted 10-12-2017 07:20 PM
The most experienced screen installers I know is Franklin Designs. They are also insured as I once found out when they tore a 60K dollar screen. I have used them a lot over the years and zero problems. There are no doubt many others out there too.
From: Plano, TX (36.2 miles NW of Rockwall)
Registered: May 99
posted 10-12-2017 09:59 PM
Mark, that very company recently killed an auditorium we service when they tried to do some work behind the screen. The theater lost the weekend because of it and they damaged some of the sound equipment in the process too.
From: San Francisco CA USA
Registered: May 2014
posted 10-21-2017 12:00 PM
I have always liked a 1950's curved screen look. Some people don't like them but to me It adds something to the look of a movie. Every curved screen has a different curve to It, some more then others. Does anyone these days make a DCP lens to use on a deep curved screen to correct for problems, or can It be done with a chart projector alignment? I have been to some cinemas lately with extra large curved screens and they must have some correction in the lens set up as all the lettering did not bend on the sides but came across straight all across the curved screen and the light level was even with no distortion in the image. Glad you are keeping the curved frame.
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