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A few points:

1. Acoustically Trasnparent screen allows you to put your speakers behind the screen and is especially beneficial for the center speaker. Without an AT screen the center speaker either needs to be above or below the screen and will draw attention away from the screen. I am moving to an AT screen myself because of this issue and the desire for a wider screen

2. If you will be watching mostly movies I would recommend considering a 2.35:1 screen. It is more complicated but is much better for movie viewing. The majority of blockbuster movies are filmed in this ratio and with a normall 16:9 screen you will have black bars top and bottom.

3. No matter what ratio of screen you use I would base my seating on screen height. This doesn't change no matter if you use a 16:9 scren or 2.35:1 screen. A rule of thumb is to have your first row of seating about 2.5-3.5x the screen height.

4. You really don't need columns. They are mostly for aesthetics and to hide speakers.
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