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Did you use the viewing distance calculator?
At only 10 feet away and only one main seating row (the bar probably would be considered as accommodating viewer overflow or during a sports event), you probably should consider 100" or 106" diag. at the maximum range for comfort. A curved screen at that size is not necessary. Curved screens are normally for very large images (where light fall off on the extreme edges could be a problem) or using a scope ratio (to help compensate for anamorphic lens distortions).
What are you now considering as a viable (yet flexible) budget for speakers and subs? Remember, this is the most important purchase for home theater. Next would be power amplifiers. These two things, if purchased with care, could last you through multiple A/V electronics upgrades.
Towers may or may not be the best solution for a given budget (especially if it's on the smaller scale). Sometimes large monitors with good subwoofer augmentation will work better. You can then always build three sand-filled MDF stands to your required tweeter height (usually around ear level while seated) when calculating how tall your front screen stage might end up being.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!