A projection screen is a surface that is used to display an image from a projector, typically to be viewed by an audience. Projection screens can be permanently installed, as in a movie theatre, or they may be portable, which is often the case in schools and offices. They can also be inflatable, which is a popular option for showing movies outdoors in an open air cinema setting. Projection screens are often very large and allow for the projector to display the movie or type of visual media in a larger format than would be possible on a regular television. As such, they have become increasingly popular for use at home, mainly in theatre or entertainment rooms.

Products Available

Screen prices vary by configuration, screen material, size, and brand. If you are looking for excellent color, you can’t go wrong with the Stewart Filmscreen StudioTek 100. It is similar to the StudioTek 130, which many consider to be the standard for projection screens. This screen is exceptional in a dark environment as long as it is paired with a top of the line projector. The Seymour-Screen Excellence Reference Series Enlightor 4K is another popular screen. It has terrific resolution and color quality and is an acoustically transparent screen, which offers more natural sound. If you are looking for a massive picture, try the Stewart Filmscreen Cima. It is 110-inches and comes in both a retractable and a fixed model. When you purchase a screen, the most important thing is the picture quality, and you won’t have any complaints with the Cima. If you want to take your home entertainment system to new heights, try the Elite Lunette Curved. The curved screen enhances the cinematic feel of movies, and the Elite Lunette is one of the best on the market. The back of the screen is blackened to eliminate light penetration while the curved frame is covered in non-reflective black velvet.

Pros & Cons

You have decided to upgrade your home theatre system, but are unsure whether you should purchase a huge projection screen or a wide-screen television. There are several advantages and disadvantages to both. Screens are incredibly large-you can even purchase one that will cover your entire wall. This can be a great experience and makes viewing movies and sports far more enjoyable. Some research also suggests that projection screens are better for your eyes, as they do not cause as much eye strain as televisions. Projection screens can be expensive, though, and you will likely be able to find a TV for a similar price. When you factor in the additional equipment you need with a screen, you may end up spending more than you would for a television. Some people may not enjoy the large screen and instead choose to opt for a big-screen television.

Price Range

Screens come in a wide variety of prices. Some run as low as $500, while others can cost upwards of $2000. The StudioTek 100, one of the best reviewed screens of 2014, costs just over $3,000. If you are looking to save a little money but still want a top of the line screen, the Stewart Filmscreen Cima comes in at just over $1,500, while the Elite Lunette Curved comes in at $1,600.