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Stewart Filmscreen Cabaret and StudioTek 100 Review Bangor ME

The Cabaret offers a solution for those who don't want to mount a fixed screen, but don't want to cut gaping holes in their ceiling for a drop-down screen. As you can see from the pictures, the Cabaret mounts to the wall, with the screen rolled up inside. It comes in pretty much any color you can think of to match your wall or décor.

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Stewart Filmscreen Cabaret and StudioTek 100 Review

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March 15, 2010 By Geoffrey Morrison

Big Big Screen
Stewart Filmscreen's Cabaret and StudioTek 100 combine for a 130-inch big-screen experience.

I scoff at your puny big screen. I am amused by your 42-, 50- and 60-inch TVs. These are not big screens. These are just TVs. Go big or go home as people I don't like often say.

But go big I have, with a 130-inch diagonal screen.

OK, in all fairness, that number is a bit misleading. After all, this is a 2.35:1 screen. The 16x9 (1.78:1) portion, which is what you would really compare to an HDTV, is merely 103 inches. Now we're entering the upper end of the flat-panel world.

But 130-inches! That's ten feet wide. Now I'm not saying everyone should get a ten-foot-wide screen. Wait, yes I am.

 Stewart Filmscreen Cabaret

Life-size is for wimps

Close-ups, whether of actors or athletes, result in heads that are around four-feet tall. Eyeballs the size of a puggle. Puggles the size of a giant schnauzer. And if you think for a moment that this is anything but awesome, you’re really missing out. Ten feet!

It takes a certain kind of maniac to use a projector as their sole display (this maniac, for example). Light is always a concern. Room lights and sunlight wash out the image. I recommend drapes (motorized or not) and automatic lights to combat this. But even if you don't use it as your sole display, there is nothing more involving, more engrossing or more cinema, than a projector and a screen in your home.

Stewart makes pretty much any size, style or type of screen you can imagine. The Cabaret (and Americana, see sidebar) offers a solution for those who don't want to mount a fixed screen, but don't want to cut gaping holes in their ceiling for a drop-down screen. As you can see from the pictures, the Cabaret mounts to the wall, with the screen rolled up inside. It comes in pretty much any color you can think of to match your wall or décor.

Stewart Filmscreen Cabaret in yellowFor this review, I did something that I don't think any of you will do: I installed it myself. I did this just to see what the steps were.

The Cab comes pre-built in a long skinny box. Your neighbors will wonder if you're taking up the high jump, or if you finally got that telephone pole you’ve always wanted. It took a friend and me the better part of an afternoon to get the screen up on the wall. I would estimate it would take a qualified installer about 20 minutes.

You have to understand, I'm a writer and my friend's a musician, so the fact that we figured out 1) which end of the drill faces the wall, 2) what a stud is, 3) where a stud is and 4) what the little bubble between the lines means, is nothing short of miraculous. I will say this, holding the 135-pound Cabaret above your head while your cohort attempts to secure it to the wall is best left to those whose idea of exercise is more than sitting or watching the sports.

The Cabaret only needs two mounting points. These are in the form of brackets that slide so you can find studs to mount the screen t...

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