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If you are choosing between the Firehawk and the Greyhawk, I would say go with the Greyhawk with a PLV-60. You should have enough brightness because your screen is not overly large and the Greyhawk will give you blacker blacks, even in ambient light. The Firehawk's black will naturally be lighter because of it's higher gain.
The Sharp 9000 is a killer projector, just make sure the slight rainbow doesn't bother you. The screen door will be much improved, the colour is great, and the black level is stellar. It's something you should consider, but it is quite a bit more expensive.
I don't know too much about the Hitachi and how good it's black levels are, but it probably has enough light output that you wouldn't need the extra gain of the Firehawk.
If you find your temporary screen is bright enough right now and it is not looking anywhere close to dim, you should be OK with a 0.8 gain screen. There will be a loss in brightness, but it should not be visible unless the screens are side-by-side. You do have a rather large screen, so brightness may be an issue, I couldn't tell for sure though. You could try zooming the image out a little more to simulate the loss in brightness that you would get. If you have a larger budget, the Greyhawk (0.95 gain) will have similar brightness, but all the advantages of a grey screen.