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Screen size should be based on your seating distance and the riser height (make sure you can see the screen from the 2nd row). Use the various calculators to give you a better idea, but certainly your screen height is going to be the limitation. You'll very likely want to mount the screen very close to the tray ceiling so that it can be seen from the 2nd row. What's your first row seating distance, and your riser depth?
Speaker wire - you're not going very far, really, so 14 gauge is enough, but I'd put in 12 - if you buy a spool from Monoprice, the cost difference is so low it's not worth worrying about. But do get in-wall rated wire.
Speakers - I'm a MartinLogan fan, too, but regardless of brand, you should choose a center matched to the L/R at least (less critical to match surrounds, but still important to think about). So the Motion center would be the choice there...
For projectors, take a look in the projecfor forum, but I'd look at an Epson in that price range - you can get a good screen for ~$500 - or DIY for less. I'd put the money in the budget into the projector first. At that price range, a few hundred bucks moved to the projector budget gets you a lot. Project onto a blank wall if you have to for a few months until you can add the screen, if necessary...