This post is more for the movie geeks of technical aspects, or for those who are genuinely curious about the history of movies.
We don't think about aspect ratio as in depth as people used to because everything is adapting to widescreen. The most people ever notice are either having black bars on their television screen or not because of how wide the directors of certain movies wanted their screen. However, there is a whole history behind this simple concept, because going to the movies used to be a sense of wonder and excitement. It was almost like virtual reality at the time and filmmakers tried to think of different ways to enhance the audience's enjoyment at the theater. They try to immerse the people as best they can so it's almost like going to an amusement park.
When movies dominated the media, then threatened by the invention of the television, filmmakers and theater houses tried different tactics and gimmicks to keep audiences interested in going to the movies. After all, why go to the movies when you can watch shows at home? The different aspect ratios and IMAX-type technology was brought in to shake things up and give excitement to audiences again. But enough from me, check out the video below!
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.