Made in North America: Technology Integrator Salutes Stewart Filmscreen
Stewart Filmscreen was started in 1947; 66 years ago. The Stewart family started a business developing and manufacturing screens for the Hollywood Studios. The founder, Roy Stewart, understood at that early date that Hollywood was not just in the business of making movies, but of creating and delivering immersive experiences to the audience.
Stewart Filmscreen was able to partner with Hollywood by producing the highest quality screens at a rate which matched the explosive growth of the movie industry.
Stewart Filmscreen currently employs hundreds of hardworking individuals across its US operations and foreign satellite offices. The world headquarters are in Torrance, CA. and all primary manufacturing operations are in Torrance and in Amelia, OH.
Stewart does operate a sales office with light manufacturing in Denmark to service the EMEA market, and another sales office in Singapore to service APAC countries.
Stewart Filmscreen manufactures custom projection screen solutions for specialized commercial and high-end residential applications. This includes both front- and rear- projection screens deployable in fixed frames or as ceiling- or wall-mounted electric roller screens. We also sell screens with electronic masking, to provide for stunning images in multiple aspect ratios.
As projection technologies have evolved, Stewart has remained on the leading edge by developing innovative screen applications and materials that optimize the performance of the entire system. Along the way, Hollywood has recognized Stewart’s contributions to the industry through two Academy Awards for Science and Technology. Today you will find Stewart projection screen systems in a variety of end markets where perfect image fidelity is a requisite including corporate, broadcast, simulation, command & control, museums, worship, and home cinema. As the market for 2-piece projection continues to evolve, Stewart Filmscreen will continue to innovate ways to deliver mind-blowing immersive viewing experiences in an ever-broadening array of applications. As the folks at Stewart like to say, “Wherever the image matters, is where you will find Stewart!”
Some Key Stewart Dates
1953 - Up until now, the largest seamless projection screen was 18 x 36 feet. Cinemascope, Vista Vision, Cinerama and Todd AO were in need of larger front projection screens. Trans-Lux Corporation wanted to get on the bandwagon and Stewart, being renowned for quality products and innovation, a merger was proposed and completed.
1958 - A front projection oval screen was specially curved to meet the unique requirements of engineer Charles Eames for the Brussels World Fair in Belgium. This project put Stewart Trans-lux on the map.
1963 - Stewart buys out Trans-Lux and Stewart Filmscreen Corporation was formed. Large contracts started coming in for projection screens to be used at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
1964 - Stewart receives its second Academy Award® for a seamless translucent Blue Screen for Traveling Matte Color Cinematography for the movie Fantastic Voyage.
1989 – Stewart Filmscreen, actively involved in the AV trade associations including InfoComm and before that NAVA (National Audio Visual Association), enters its first tradeshow.
1995 - Stewart develops Microperf, a specialized perforation process offering the world’s first acoustically transparent screen material to be certified by THX.
1998 - Stewart Filmscreen Corporation opens the doors to the New World Headquarters, located adjacent to the property the company has occupied since 1950.
2000 - Stewart expands to a third manufacturing plant, an 11,000 sq ft building for the specialized manufacturing of Stewart’s award-winning screen materials.
2001 - Stewart introduces their first gray-based screen material developed for the growing consumer market. GrayHawk, an innovative front projection material designed to maximize Image Fidelity when used with the quickly evolving projector technologies.
2006 - Stewart Filmscreen and Sony Electronics combined forces to bring Full-HD to the A/V market with a new material developed specifically around the Sony VPL-VW50 projector, FireHawk SST.
2006 - Stewart releases groundbreaking products winning numerous awards: CineCurve, StarGlas, and the AllRise.
2006 - FireHawk is re-formulated as a “G3” screen material for optimal performance when used with 1080p projector technology.
2007 - Stewart Filmscreen introduces StarLift, a motorized lift that elevates the futuristic StarGlas Screen from a hidden position allowing systems integrators to expand upon the possible applications they can offer homeowners with the revolutionary StarGlas rear projection screen.