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Curved Frame Projection Screens

Curved projection screens, in the right situation and application, offer several advantages over their flat counterparts.

When a projector that has a short lens throw ratio projects on a screen, the lens optics (depending on the quality of the lens) can sometimes bend the image in the center, creating a ‘pincushion’ or ‘bowtie’ distortion. This distortion can also be created by anamorphic lenses that slide in front of the original projector lens in order to create an ultra-wide image. Curved screens can alter the throw distance at the center of the screen, just enough to counter the pincushion distortion.

Another advantage of curved screens, depending on the position of the viewer, is that with a larger screen the curve helps with the perception that the image wraps around the viewer’s periphery, engaging the viewing in the image.

In some cases, curved screen images are less affected by reflected ambient light. This allows more of the original image light from the projector to reflect back to the viewer.

It is important to remember that curved screens are not for everyone. In most cases Home Theatre quality projectors have longer lens throw ratios and improved optics that reduce the need for curving.

Contact Draper for recommendations on your specific application.

Draper has 6 projection screens available with curved frames:

  • Clarion and Onyx projection screens featuring Vel-Tex covered extruded aluminum frames
  • Lace & Grommet with curved frame
  • VersaRoll Rear Projection Screen
  • ShadowBox and Edgeless Clarion

The curve of the screen is defined by its radius (in feet). Draper’s standard radius is 40’, with custom radii available. Draper can manufacture a custom size curved screen to meet your specification, with virtually any size within the maximum frame length available. (Please call for details.)

Mounting Brackets

  • All standard curved screens include a set of mounting brackets: two brackets to attach the center of the curve to the wall at the top and bottom, and two extension brackets to attach the sides.
  • For custom curves and special applications, floor or ceiling brackets may be needed. Call Draper for consultation or custom mounting requirements.
  • For Shadowbox and Edgeless Clarion brackets may vary in size based on height and width ratios
  • Unless otherwise specified a typical install includes wall mount brackets