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Do not put your speakers in cubbies ... geeze...they'd sound like you left them in the shipping boxes.
You do not want your screen recessed like that. Big is right on about future upgrades; but, you have larger problems when you do that. The sides of that screen cubby will reflect light from the screen. While it may give you an opportunity to see five copies of your picture, it will also destroy your contrast ratio.
One additional thought ... with two rows of seating, you really don't want that center channel speaker below the screen and the L/R speakers sitting on the floor (contemporary or not).
Dennis Erskine CFI, CFII, MEI
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Certified Home Theater Designer