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There has been talk of 1.78:1 AR screen sizes and 2.35AR screen aspect ratio/sizes, but I had found that the ideal screen aspect ratio is app. 2:1, specifically 2.05:1.

BTW, the ASC (American Assoc. of Cinematographers) had lobbied for a 2:1 AR HDTV standard for over a decade. At the end, they lost, the the greed factor ensured a stupid 1.78:1 AR.

You need at least vertical or horizontal masking and a good zooming range (say, 2:1) zoom lens, but when you have a 2:1 AR screen, you are very easy to show 1.78 HD and scope content equally well.

Also, keep in mind that "scope" or "CinemaScope" AR can be anywhere from 2.2:1 to 2.65:1, the most frequent scope aspect ratios being 2.2:1, 2.35:1, 2.4:1, 2.55:1, and 2.65:1. So, a 2.35:1 AR screen will not help you with many of the CinemaScope movies that were made in the 1950s and 1960s.

It is simply amazing to me that "The Robe" (1953) was shot in a wider screen aspect ratio than anything they are filming and releasing today.

More than one screen mfrs have standard screen sizes in the 2.0:1 or 2.05:1 AR, by the way, Check it out!

Finally... Evan, was "Bottle Shock" a widescreen or scope flick? :~))