Most films are projected in one aspect ratio ( most commonly, 1.85:1), but Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is presented in three aspect ratios, which is why it’s not surprising that Fox Searchlight would send movie theaters special instructions on how to project it.
“Renowned filmmaker Wes Anderson has spent the last few years bringing ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ to the screen. We think you’ll agree that this epic film is an exciting experience and the key to this experience is proper framing on your screen. Below are our specifications for the proper projection of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ We’re grateful for your attention to these critical details. Your efforts will make all the difference.”
The instructions (which one Redditor shared) include information on how to frame the picture, what volume to set the sound system at (7.0) and how to provide the optimal light level. “The correct light level is vital to a great presentation,” according to the instructions. Despite the three aspect ratios, the instructions say that “all of these ratios are within the standard 1.85:1” ratio.
Read more about the aspect ratios in the film over on Slate.com.