types of projector

A projection screen is a crucial component for creating an immersive cinematic experience, whether in a corporate office, auditorium, cinema, or home theatre. It is important to choose the right projection screen that suits one’s needs. In this article, we will discuss the major types of projection screens, their pros and cons, and some expert advice on which one you should choose according to your needs. 

Front Projection Screens:

Front projection screens are designed to be viewed from the front of the screen, and the projector is placed in front. 

Pros of Front Projection Screens:

  • Large image size of 100 inches or more
  • Flexible screen size and placement for custom installations
  • Cost-effective compared to large flat-panel displays of similar size

Cons of Front Projection Screens:

  • Ambient Light Interference: Front projection screens can be negatively affected by ambient light, which can wash out the image and reduce contrast.
  • Limited Viewing Angle: Front projection screens have a limited viewing angle compared to flat-panel displays, which means that viewers must sit in a specific position to get the best image quality.
  • Space and Installations: Front projection screens require a lot of space and specific installation requirements, such as mounting brackets and a dark room, making them impractical for some settings.

Lumina’s  Satin premium is a front projection screen. The screen consists of a white diffusing surface that guarantees to transform dull and lackluster images into stunning displays of brilliance and vivid color. The flexible opaque PVC material and specialized coating work in tandem to eliminate any unsightly wrinkles or waves, ensuring that your projections are always crisp, flat, and picture-perfect.

Rear Projection Screens:

Rear projection screens are designed to be viewed from the back of the screen, and the projector is placed behind the screen.


  • Better image quality: Rear projection screens produce superior image quality as the projector is located behind the screen, reducing ambient light interference.
  • Suitable for large audiences: Rear projection screens are ideal for use in large venues where a large audience needs to view the screen from a distance. They are commonly used in concerts, outdoor events, and sporting arenas.
  • Space saving: Rear projection screens can save space as they don’t require as much distance between the projector and the screen as front projection screens.
  • Durable: Rear projection screens are generally more durable than front projection screens as they are not exposed to the same risks of damage from accidental impacts or scratches.


  • Limited placement options: Rear projection screens require a larger space behind the screen for the projector and other equipment, so they may not be suitable for all spaces.
  • Limited brightness: Rear projection screens are not as bright as front projection screens, which can be problematic in bright environments or when displaying images with high contrast.
  • More expensive: Rear projection screens are generally more expensive than front projection screens.
  • Limited viewing angle: Rear projection screens have a limited viewing angle, which means that viewers sitting off to the side may experience distorted or diminished image quality.

Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) Projection Screens:

Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) Projection Screens are designed to reject ambient light and provide a better viewing experience even in moderately lit environments. 


Improved image quality: ALR screens reject ambient light, which helps to enhance the contrast and colour accuracy of projected images.

Versatility: ALR screens can be used in various environments, including well-lit rooms and outdoor spaces.

Increased viewing angles: ALR screens offer wider viewing angles, allowing more people to enjoy the projected image from different positions.

Easy installation: ALR screens are easy to install and require minimal setup time compared to other types of screens.


Limited brightness: ALR screens have a limited brightness range, which can affect the image quality in bright environments.

Viewing distance: ALR screens have a specific viewing distance, and if the viewer is too far or too close to the screen, the image quality may be affected.

Price: ALR screens tend to be more expensive than other traditional projection screens.

Maintenance: ALR screens are sensitive to damage from scratches and marks, so extra care must be taken to ensure the screen is kept clean and free from debris.

Lumina offers two premium ambient light-rejecting screens in the form of the Leor 12 and Leor 17 Carbon Black Projection Screens. These screens feature a multilayered screen surface and a substrate that tackles moderate ambient light thrown from any direction. The Leor 12 has a dynamic gain of 1.2, while the Leor 17 has a dynamic gain of 1.7 and effectively improves white levels by 70%. 

Fixed Frame Projection Screens:

Fixed Frame Projection Screens are designed to be permanently mounted to the wall or ceiling, providing a sleek and professional look. The frames safeguard the screens and make it easier to display content. Lumina offers a wide range of fixed-frame projection screens in various sizes and aspect ratios. The premium aluminium frames have a velvet finish that gives the look and sturdiness to the screens. There are 2 profile types of velvet frames that we provide, which are capable of giving solutions to all different projects. 


  • Picture quality: Fixed frame screens offer excellent picture quality with a flat, wrinkle-free surface that provides a more cinematic experience.
  • Appearance: These screens have a sleek and modern appearance, which adds to the overall aesthetic of the room.
  • Installation: Installation is relatively easy as they come with a frame that can be attached to the wall or ceiling, making it easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • Durability: The frame provides additional support and durability, making it less susceptible to damage or warping over time.


  • Limited placement options: Fixed frame screens are less flexible in terms of placement, and cannot be easily moved or adjusted like portable screens.
  • Higher cost: Fixed frame screens are typically more expensive than portable screens. 
  • Space: The large frame and screen require a dedicated space, which can be a problem for those with limited space or those who want to use the room for other purposes.
  • Maintenance: The screen surface may require occasional cleaning to maintain optimal picture quality, which can be time-consuming.

Choosing the right projector screen can be a daunting task, especially with the wide range of options available. At Lumina, we believe in providing our customers with tailored advice to help them make the best decision. The choice of screen ultimately depends on your specific needs, including the size of your home, budget, ambient lighting, and viewing distance. For instance, if you have a large room with ample ambient lighting, you may want to consider a high-gain screen to boost brightness and contrast. Conversely, if you have a smaller room with controlled lighting, a standard matte white screen may suffice. It’s also important to consider your budget, as premium screens come with a higher price tag. Our team at Lumina is always available to provide expert advice and help you choose a projector screen that fits your needs and budget.

In conclusion, choosing the right projection screen is essential for creating an immersive cinematic experience. Lumina offers a wide range of projection screens to suit different needs.

You can consult with our Lumina experts to make an informed decision and enjoy a delightful cinematic experience.