Businessman Marc Bell spend four years building a home theater that looks like it’s been plucked right out of the Star Trek universe. His passion costed him $1,5 million, but now he can boast a home theater which is replica of the bridge on the USS Enterprise, the spaceship featured on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a TV series that ran from 1987 to 1994. The custom, 11-person theater in Bell’s $35 million Boca Raton, Florida, home, also includes $1 million worth of memorabilia from the classic sci-fi TV show, such as original costumes, starship models used for special effects and the ears worn by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock character.
A D-Box controller manipulates hydraulics installed beneath the floorboards, meaning the entire room shakes when anything loud happens on screen. The room also includes a JBL Synthesis sound system, which at the time of installation was only used in commercial theaters. The audio system is currently being upgraded to Dolby Atmos specifications and Bell plans to install a 4K projector.
A big movie fan, Bell has had over 3,500 films digitized, which are stored and streamed through a Kaleidescape server. He also spent approximately $35,000 on a Prima Cinema system, allowing him and his family to watch films at home the day they are released in commercial cinemas. A wraparound control center surrounds the 11 custom leather chairs in the theater, eight of which recline into beds, while the doors that open into the theater are exact replicas of the Turbolift doors as seen on the TV show.
When someone steps on the circular “transporter,” the doors open with that familiar “whoosh” sound.” Bell apparently likes to spend his money on others too. He has rented a local movie theater for every Star Trek film released in the past 25 years and has taken all of his employees, friends and their children along on opening night.