How much space is between the stage and first row of seating?
Is there a general rule of thumb to go by?
I have a relatively large room at 20x26.5' but am struggling with how large to build the stage as I want a 4.5' or so false wall so my DefTech BP7000's (Bi-Pole) speakers aren't up against the front wall and I currently have a riser coming 10' off the back wall (thinking about extending it a foot or two to be able to put a bar in for 3rd row seating/coolness factor) and that 26.5' just gets eaten up quickly.
I am only visualizing the stage at this point, but it just seems "wrong" in my head with where my first row/MLP is which is currently about 12' (can maybe get it to 11.5' if I don't extend the riser any more) from the back wall. If I do a 5' screen wall, that leaves 7' between first row (head, not front of chair/fully reclined, which is even less of course) and the screen. Leaving a nice space for walking and just so it doesn't look cluttered, that doesn't leave room for much of a stage/proscenium which is what I really want.
It's hard to tell from everyone's pictures how much room is in between the stage and first row and not many people mention it. Just curious.
Thanks Big. As you already know, you're awesome!! Keep on!