Max front row viewing angle? 72 degrees too high?
I know screen size has probably been discussed enough here but I am getting confused on how to get decent viewing angles for all rows. Currently planning a 28' long x 19' room with (2) rows of reclined seating and a back bar stool row. The problem is that I was planning for the best row or "king" chair to be the center row. The result is a very high viewing angle for the front row. For instance, with the AT screen 3' off wall for speaker placement, allowing 4' off the back wall for sound, and spacing 7' between recliner rows, would give a 200" screen size at 10' viewing distance (72 degree) for front row and a 17' view distance (46 deg) for second row and a 21' viewing distance (38') for the bar stool row. I based this off of an ideal viewing angle of 45 degrees for the king's seat.
If I lowered the ideal viewing angle from 45 to 40 degrees for the center row, it would give a screen size of 170". This would put the front row at 63 degrees and back row at 33 degrees.
Am I going about this correctly? I can always buy a bit of room by reducing the space behind the screen or moving the bar stools to maybe 3' off the back wall. However, no matter what I do I still have to have the 7' between reclining rows which makes the angles so different.
Are most of you making the front row the King's chair to allow smaller viewing angles in further rows? Perhaps eliminating the ability to recline so rows can be less spaced? Or, just live with 60-70 degree viewing angles in the front row?