Screens // Fixed

What I give form to in daylight is only one
per cent of what I have seen in darkness.

M. C. Escher

Ease of Installation

Having put together countless screens, we designed our fixed frame screens from scratch to be the easiest possible installation.  Nothing is easier and more robust than our 360-degree O-ring / grommet system.  No special tools are needed.  You can pay thousands for a fixed frame screen from SI and they don't preinstall the frame posts for you, but we do on all our screens which start at $699.  The O-ring system is as simple as hooking a bunch of rubber bands over posts.  The result is a dynamic tension system, providing a lifetime of 360-degree tension at all temperatures and humidity, and enabling easy upgradeability or replacement.  Here is a demonstration video clip:  video

If you have children, pets, video games with tossable objects, or a dumb friend with a pokey finger, you can easily and permanently damage many other fixed frame screens but not Seymour AV screens.  With features such as reinforced weave and the dynamic tension system that corrects for dramatic dimensional changes, you get durability for the long haul.  Here is a demonstration video clip, with something you should never try with other screens:  video

Premier frame

The Premier fixed frame screen is what we designed when we wanted the best product that smart money could buy.  It ships in a very long box, usually via freight truck, because we kept the top and bottom frame pieces continuous.  We designed it to handle long spans without splicing or support and the ability to be curved, equipped with masking panel magnets, or any of the above.

Measuring a beefy 3.3" x 1.6", we designed the Premier frame to have as robust a frame as screens costing several thousands, and still fitting under our favorite electric aftermarket masking system from Carada.  We also upgraded the wall thickness to easily resist sag to 210".  The .093" wall thickness is 50% thicker than many major screen companies frames priced thousands higher.  With the large profile, heavy walls and 360-degree O-ring tension, the frame is acoustically deader than Elvis.

Borders

The Premier fixed frame screen is the only screen anywhere that uses the world's highest quality, blackest material available, true Fidelio ultra-premium velvet.  You can pay three times the price and not come anywhere near the light-absorption quality of Fidelio velvet, also made right here in the US and used to line the cavities of research telescopes.  At 0.3% reflectivity, it is even better than the 0.4% reflectivity fabric velvet with finished edges we have made for the retractable screens, and up to 25 times more absorbing than border materials from major screen companies at similar prices.  Our 3.3" wide Fidelio borders with an elliptical contour give you the ultimate overscan absorption, a boost in perceived contrast, and a floating three-dimensional look to the image.

Curved frame

Our curved frame option features a 40' radius, which is perfect for fixing the pincushion, or bow-tie shaped distortion from anamorphic lenses that stretch a 16:9 ratio projector to 2.37.  Using an anamorphic lens will improve your resolution by 33%, your light output by up to 20%, and immersion by three mojos.  The curvature is shallow enough, however, for those that use the simpler zoom method and want the dramatically increased sense of immersion that only a curved screen can offer.  For that IMAX® feel, opt for a custom curved 16:9 screen.  While less acoustically transparent screen materials from other companies tout their curved frames ability to allow you to angle your L/R speakers inward, our Center Stage material is far more acoustically transparent and you can angle your speakers however you want behind the screen with immeasurable difference.  With our new high gain Matinee Silver or Black, curving the frame will increase brightness, improve uniformity and allow you to mount your projector closer.  Our fixed masking panels will easily convert the curved screens to 16:9 ratio with magnetized ease.  Curved 16:9 and 2.07 constant area screens are also available upon request.

Above is a 150 in. wide, curved frame Center Stage XD 2.37 screen, optional Millibel CH panels with 3.5 in. wide interior velvet.

Options

While we welcome unique challenges, here are some common options:

  • Black Backing layer.  The cost for this option varies from $238 to $550 depending on size.  Most folks don't need this, as it's usually easy to darken the surfaces behind the screen.  It can be installed later if you need, using half the o-rings from your screen.
  • Masking panels.  The perfect all-magnet solution for a multi-aspect ratio screen.
  • Four way masking, constant image area (CA) screen.  If you like the idea of a constant area, four-way masking screen but the $20k+ prices for motorized versions leaves you less enthusiastic, we have a killer value for you.  Special order a 2.07 ratio screen with a set of CW and CH panels.
  • Curved frame.  Curving the screen, typically for use with an anamorphic lens for 2.37 output, improves resolution, brightness and immersion.  We can curve any CH, CW or CA screen and the masking panels too.
  • Drilled and threaded holes.  We can drill and thread holes on the sides or top of the frame if you need.
  • Black eye bolts.  For those who need to hang the screen from the ceiling, request that we drill and tap on the top of the frame, and include eye bolts.
  • Stainless steel cable.  For a classier look than chain, we can precision cut and Nicopress® specific lengths of 0.032" diameter SS cable for you to hang your screen from.
  • Frameless zero-edge.  For a borderless literally zero-edge look, order an optional frameless screen.  We put the black frame behind the image and cut the screen to wrap around the front of the frame.  There is a picture of this type of screen in the fixed frame installations page.  You can even order magnetic panels for a frameless screen.  Our Facebook page shows this unusual configuration.
  • Custom sizes  Need to fit in between something?  We can make your screen to any critical dimension to a 0.1" resolution.  We don't charge extra for this, but simply round up to the next standard size.

Installation instructions

download

Here is the installation document: CenterStageFixedFrameInstructions.pdf (Rev. 8/09, 1540k)

Premier frame dimensions

Item
Format
085
090
095
100
105
110
115
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
A
image width (mm)
85.0"
(2159)
90.0"
(2286)
95.0"
(2413)
100.0"
(2540)
105.0"
(2667)
110.0"
(2794)
115.0"
(2921)
120.0"
(3048)
130.0"
(3302)
140.0"
(3556)
150.0"
(3810)
160.0"
(4064)
170.0"
(4318)
180.0"
(4572)
B
image height (mm)
H, 16:9 (1.78) 47.8"
(1214)
50.6"
(1285)
53.4"
(1356)
56.2"
(1427)
59.0"
(1499)
61.8"
(1570)
64.6"
(1641)
67.5"
(1715)
73.1"
(1857)
78.7"
(1999)
84.3"
(2141)
90.0"
(2286)
F  (2.35)     40.4"
(1026)
42.5"
(1080)
44.6"
(1133)
46.8"
(1189)
48.9"
(1242)
51.0"
(1295)
55.3"
(1405)
59.5"
(1511)
63.8"
(1621)
68.0"
(1727)
72.3"
(1836)
76.5"
(1943)
C (2.37)     40.0"
(1016)
42.1"
(1069)
44.3"
(1125)
46.4"
(1179)
48.5"
(1232)
50.6"
(1285)
54.8"
(1392)
59.0"
(1499)
63.2"
(1605)
67.5"
(1715)
71.7"
(1821)
76.0"
(1930)
C
image diagonal (mm)
H, 16:9 (1.78) 97.5"
(2477)
103.2"
(2621)
109.0"
(2767)
114.7"
(2913)
120.4"
(3058)
126.2"
(3205)
131.9"
(3350)
137.7"
(3498)
149.1"
(3787)
160.6"
(4079)
172.1"
(4371)
183.6"
(4663)
F (2.35)     103.2"
(2621)
108.7"
(2761)
114.1"
(2898)
119.5"
(3035)
125.0"
(3175)
130.4"
(3312)
141.3"
(3589)
152.1"
(3863)
163.0"
(4140)
173.9"
(4417)
184.7"
(4691)
195.6"
(4968)
C (2.37)     103.1"
(2619)
108.5"
(2756)
114.0"
(2896)
119.4"
(3033)
124.8"
(3170)
130.2"
(3307)
141.1"
(3584)
151.9"
(3858)
162.8"
(4135)
173.7"
(4412)
184.5"
(4686)
195.3"
(4961)
D
total width (mm)
91.7"
(2329)
96.7"
(2456)
101.7"
(2583)
106.7"
(2710)
111.7"
(2837)
116.7"
(2964)
121.7"
(3091)
126.7"
(3218)
136.7"
(3472)
146.7"
(3726)
156.7"
(3980)
166.7"
(4234)
176.7"
(4488)
186.7"
(4742)
E
total height (mm)
H, 16:9 (1.78) 54.5"
(1384)
57.3"
(1460)
60.1"
(1526)
62.9"
(1598)
65.7"
(1669)
68.5"
(1740)
71.3"
(1811)
74.2"
(1885)
79.8"
(2027)
85.4"
(2169)
91.0"
(2311)
96.7"
(2456)
F, (2.35)     47.1"
(1196)
49.2"
(1250)
51.3"
(1303)
53.5"
(1358)
55.6"
(1412)
57.7"
(1466)
62.0"
(1575)
66.2"
(1681)
70.5"
(1791)
74.7"
(1897)
79.0"
(2007)
83.2"
(2113)
C, (2.37)     46.7"
(1186)
48.8"
(1240)
51.0"
(1295)
53.1"
(1349)
55.2"
(1402)
57.3"
(1455)
61.5"
(1562)
65.7"
(1669)
69.9"
(1775)
74.2"
(1885)
78.4"
(1991)
82.7"
(2101)
F
total depth (mm)
H or F (flat)
1.6"
(41)
C, (curved)     4.5"
(115)
4.8"
(122)
5.1"
(130)
5.3"
(135)
5.7"
(145)
6.2"
(158)
6.9"
(176)
7.5"
(191)
8.3"
(211)
9.2"
(234)
10.2"
(260)
11.3"
(287)

(NEW!) Precision frame

The Precision fixed frame screen is our newest screen hardware, with a thinner border to fit more image into a cramped space.  With this frame, we also make available the same reference quality screen materials but at a savings of 30%.  This frame keeps the same easy rubber band installation, and now features a full velvet wrap in our Baritone premium velvet.  With heavy duty hardware at prices where we not only compete with imported screens, we export our all-US product to their countries.  While you can buy a large company's screen at several times the price and get plastic corner brackets, our Precision frame still includes the same 7ga steel corner brackets from our Premier frame, making for a total of 2.4 pounds of laser cut plated steel.  Designed to handle spans up to 130" while being both easy on the budget and installer.

Borders

The new Precision frame is wrapped in a new velvet that we developed that offers nearly the performance of the Premier frame's Fidelio but at a much better value.  While we reduced it's frame width down to 2.6" wide, we nearly tripled its wall thickness compared to imported screens so we can provide that thinner border look without sacrificing performance.  The Precision frame includes the same elliptical contour of our Premier frame giving you a much more sophisticated look than some large brands' box tubing, while eliminating shadow lines on your image.

Spliced frame

By splicing the top and bottom pieces we're able to save you money.  It ships in a much smaller box because we spliced the top and bottom frame pieces with a pair of beefy 12" long laser cut 7ga plated steel bars.  Like our Premier frame, because we make these to order here in Iowa we can make any custom size for you to the 0.1" resolution.  This way you can literally do an interference fit to any critical dimension in your installation.  If the splice is an issue for you, however, we can quote you a continuous top/bottom option.  The higher shipping costs are typically $85-95.

Installation instructions

download

Here is the installation document: PrecisionFixedFrameInstructions.pdf (Rev. 04/13, 6.23M)

Precision frame dimensions

Item
Format
085
090
095
100
105
110
115
120
130
A
image width
(mm)
85.0"
(2159)
90.0"
(2286)
95.0"
(2413)
100.0"
(2540)
105.0"
(2667)
110.0"
(2794)
115.0"
(2921)
120.0"
(3048)
130.0"
(3302)
B
image height (mm)
H, 16:9 (1.78) 47.8"
(1214)
50.6"
(1285)
53.4"
(1356)
56.2"
(1427)
59.0"
(1499)
61.8"
(1570)
64.6"
(1641)
67.5"
(1715)
73.1"
(1857)
F  (2.35)     40.4"
(1026)
42.5"
(1080)
44.6"
(1133)
46.8"
(1189)
48.9"
(1242)
51.0"
(1295)
55.3"
(1405)
C
image diagonal (mm)
H, 16:9 (1.78) 97.5"
(2477)
103.2"
(2621)
109.0"
(2767)
114.7"
(2913)
120.4"
(3058)
126.2"
(3205)
131.9"
(3350)
137.7"
(3498)
149.1"
(3787)
F (2.35)     103.2"
(2621)
108.7"
(2761)
114.1"
(2898)
119.5"
(3035)
125.0"
(3175)
130.4"
(3312)
141.3"
(3589)
D
total width
(mm)
90.3"
(2294)
95.3"
(2421)
100.3"
(2548)
105.3"
(2675)
110.3"
(2802)
115.3"
(2929)
120.3"
(3056)
125.3"
(3183)
135.3"
(3437)
E
total height (mm)
H, 16:9 (1.78) 53.1"
(1349)
55.9"
(1420)
58.7"
(1491)
61.5"
(1562)
64.3"
(1633)
67.1"
(1704)
69.9"
(1775)
72.8"
(1849)
78.4"
(1991)
F, (2.35)     45.7"
(1161)
47.8"
(1214)
49.9"
(1267)
52.1"
(1323)
54.2"
(1377)
56.3"
(1430)
60.6"
(1539)
F
total depth
(mm)
1.3"
(33)

Features overview

Premier frame Precision frame
Max image width 210" 130"
Continuous or spliced horizontal frame pieces Continuous Spliced (continuous is an option)
Corner hardware, 7" x 7" x 7ga laser cut plated steel 2 per corner 1 per corner
Border / overscan absorption width, finish 3.3" Fidelio velvet, 99.7% 2.6" Baritone velvet, 99.5%
Standard LRH corner logo (deleted upon request) 1"x3" 0.4"x1.5"
Attachment method, full perimeter preinstalled on screen grommet / o-ring grommet / o-ring
Frame O-ring posts preinstalled yes yes
Options: custom sizes and/or hanging eyebolts yes yes
Options: masking panels and/or curved frame yes no