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Silver screen

Posted by Smokey Stover on April 20, 2008 at 14:53:

In Reply to: Silver screen posted by R. Berg on April 18, 2008 at 15:57:

: : What is the meaning of silver screen?

: The movies/film/cinema. ~rb

In the early years of the movie industry, the projection screens used in movie houses actually had silver content, and were sometimes called silver lenticular screens. These screens were eventually replaced by screens with newer materials and better reflection properties. But their association with motion pictures remained engraved in the language as referring to motion pictures. See: