Hello Home Theater!

Hello Home Theater!

The list below includes a wide range of price points, and sure, less expensive options exist – YouTube is filled with DIY folks who will teach you how to build your own screen with some wood, canvas, and a staple gun. But for true film buffs, cheaping out on the screen is a nonstarter. At the time of writing (March 2021), the top custom home theater film screen manufacturers are below.

Who are the top screen manufacturers?

For example, Seymour-Screen Excellence and Stewart Filmscreen have proprietary technology for their screen offerings for both rear and front projection systems. These manufacturers address the common theater screen issues, including ambient light spill from the theater space, acoustics, color correction, and contrast boosting.

Stewart Filmscreen

For residential home projection screens, Stewart Filmscreen is the gold standard. Stewart’s products are often found in the top spots on Best Of lists for home theater screens, but keep in mind that premium quality comes at a premium price.

Stewart Filmscreen has been in the film business for over seventy years, providing Hollywood with screens for the post-production editing suites, screening rooms, and Oscar stages. (They’ve even won two Academy Awards themselves for technical merit!) With over twenty-five different screen materials to choose from, Stewart is prepared to outfit the specific needs of the individual projection environment—because no two home theaters are alike.

And all Stewart screens are seamless, which means you won’t have to deal with tension irregularities that can happen with seamed and roller screens over time. Stewart Filmscreen offers a variety of screen types and mounting methods, and home movie screens can be customized based on the preferred projection method (front or rear projection). Their handy screen finder can help you and your designer find the perfect screen for your custom home theater project.

Seymour-Screen Excellence

From their website: “US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence—both industry leaders in acoustically transparent woven fabric projection screens—founded a joint venture that combines the best of each company’s technology platforms, namely Seymour AV’s patented electric retractable home theater screens and Screen Excellence’s fixed-frame, in-ceiling and masking screens. Called Seymour-Screen Excellence (SSE), the brand exclusively serves high-end custom installers and specialty A/V retailers in the US and Canada.”

Marrying the vast experience of the cofounders, Seymour-Screen Excellence really goes that extra mile when it comes to integrating sound and imagery. One thing to note with SSE: Their product is available through North American custom installers and specialty A/V dealers; they do not have any authorized internet dealers.

EPV Projection Screens

“EPV Screens®, a division of Elite Screens, is dedicated to delivering superior and outstanding products for the custom install market. The product line features a wide range of electric and fixed-frame projection screens. From front projection and acoustically transparent to ambient light rejecting and polarized 3D materials, EPV Screens® provides a projection screen that fits just about any viewing experience.”

EPV has won a number of notable industry awards over the last few years, including the 2019 CEPro Quest for Quality Award for its warranty service; as part of the EH Magazine Gold Award Best Home Theater 2018 for its Peregrine A4K projection screen; and the CEPro Magazine 2018 BEST Award for its DarkStar UST (Ultra-Short Throw) eFinity screen.

Screen Innovations

Another highly regarded film screen provider is SI: Screen Innovations. SI has a huge range of motorized and fixed screen options for your custom home theater needs. Founded in 2003, SI has made waves in the home theater screen market by offering excellent customer service, competitive pricing, and an impressive array of screen types, formats, and fabrics to choose from. They even go that extra mile and help with connectivity—an important perk as modern home theaters are much more involved than turning off the lights and turning on the Blu-Ray player.