Room layout advice - maximize seating
Just moved into a new home, and was hoping to setup a projector in the family room. This will be my first projector - replacing a 55" LCD. My hope was to get somewhere between 100" and 120" picture. I'd like at least 6 adults to be able to watch TV/movies. I was thinking of something like an L or U shaped couch. The problem is, as you will see from the attached images, is that there is a support post sitting almost front and center about 128" back from the front wall. I'm assuming if I put the couch in front of the support beam, it will be too close to the screen - especially for folks on the side seats of the U shaped sofa. Of course, putting it behind the support post will look odd.
Wondering if anyone could offer advice on how I might setup this room?
Also notes that usage will be mostly TV viewing (50%) followed by Blu-Ray concerts (25%) and then movies (25%). We anticipate watching with at least some level of lighting on in the room (not theater dark). There will also be a 5.2 audio setup to go along with it.
Thanks for any advice!