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Incredible Home Theater Inspired By Trek

Imagine watching your favorite films from the Enterprise-D bridge

Many Star Trek fans would leap without hesitation at the chance to enter a real-life version of that fictional universe. With its enlightened society, advanced technology and spiffy clothing — what’s not to like?

Aside from minor troubles such as Romulans, Borg, and the occasional planet-destroying probe, it looks like a pretty sweet place.

Well, Marc Bell has created a little slice of Star Trek heaven for himself in his Boca Raton, Florida home. Bell’s custom-built theater boasts an amazing resemblance to the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D from “Star Trek: Next Generation,” according to the Wall Street Journal. With its circular shape, distinctive wall paneling and most critically a series of command chairs all facing a really big screen, there’s no mistaking the theater for anything other than the bridge of a Starfleet vessel, circa 1990, of course.

But such devotion does not come easy, or cheap. The project took four years to complete, with a cost exceeding $1.5 million.

For this kind of gold-pressed latinum, you would expect the exceptional. The 11-person theater contains reclining seats, a fiber-optic starfield ceiling, and doors that actually “whoosh” when opening. The wooden railing that mimics Worf’s tactical station houses a touch-screen panel used to control the theater’s lighting and high-definition projector. In addition, a state-of-the-art sound system and hidden hydraulics ensure a fully immersive home theater experience.

Just outside the theater is the Ready Room, a themed lounge and candy bar displaying a collection of original “Star Trek” costumes, models and other sci-fi memorabilia which Bell believes is worth $1 million.

The managing partner of Marc Bell Capital says the lounge contains “every candy you can imagine.” from Twizzlers to Milk Duds to Sour Patch Kids to Sno Caps. What? No customized candy? Where are the Klingon Klusters or Vulcan Vegibars?

Clearly, this is a home theater well beyond the reach of most people. But, if you have a deep passion for Star Trek and a few extra million dollars to spend, why not? The results are undeniably impressive. And who among us wouldn’t wrestle a Gorn for a chance to see a Star Trek movie marathon here?

Except maybe for “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” No theater, no matter how incredible, will fix that one.

To see more pictures and even a video of Bell’s home, visit the Wall Street Journal by clicking here.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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