But when the movie hit theaters, fans complained that Solo was "hard to see." To a good portion of audiences, the movie looked like ass simply because the "projection standards" at many theaters "weren't up to par." According to Boston Light & Sound co-founder Chapin Cutler, the problem was directly linked to the lack of projectionists. Projectors "drift, bulbs dim, and they need constant adjustments." Cutler also claims that manufacturers "overstate how much light their machines put out."
And generally, a "projector bulb loses 10 percent of its brightness every 100 hours of use. Get to 750 hours on a bulb and you've lost approximately 75 percent." Meaning they need to be changed regularly. And as the late Roger Ebert pointed out, theaters intentionally under-lighting films in a mistaken attempt to save money has always been a problem, even before digital. So if a movie looks as clear as a smoke-filled Vaseline factory, it might be worth complaining. Or think about patronizing a theater that employs a full-time projectionist and changes its bulbs more often than Dalai Lamas change bodies.