Should homebuilders offer options like Star Trek theaters? Photography by Andy Frame
The cost of being on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise—at home? A cool $35 million.
The “Star Trek Mansion” in Boca Raton, Fla., is now on the market for for that price and features a much-buzzed-about home theater designed by Acoustic Innovations.
Created to model the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, the theater is the focal point of the 27,000-square-foot home owned by Marc Bell, managing partner of Marc Bell Capital Partners in Boca Raton. Last year, Acoustic Innovations designed a smaller theater in the home to resemble a military encampment, creating the mood for game enthusiasts to play “Call of Duty” and other Xbox games.
Winner of a Gold award and Best Architecture award from the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) in 2007, the 1,400-square-foot Star Trek entertainment space includes the theater, a bar, and a “ready room” filled with Bell's collection of props, models, and drawings from the Star Trek television series, as well as Star Trek and Star Wars movies. Modeled to recreate the bridge from the Enterprise, circa Star Trek: Next Generation, the theater even includes motion-activated airlock doors that whoosh when opening and closing.
When the theater was originally completed in 2007, it featured the most advanced high-definition cinema A/V system available. It has since undergone three major technology upgrades to keep it on the leading edge, including 3D projection capabilities. In addition to the functional and aesthetic design and decor, Acoustic Innovations designed the acoustics both inside and outside the theater, as well as for the Call of Duty video game room.
“Acoustic Innovations' attention to detail for every aspect of the project — from the advanced A/V technology to the quality and comfort of the chairs — meant that we were able to create a home theater experience that exceeds anything you'll find in a commercial movie theater. We're looking forward to working with Jay and his team on the Star Trek theater and home 2.0, wherever that may be,” says Bell.
“A collaborative effort is extremely important on every job we do, and for this project Marc and I clicked very early on how to execute the Star Trek bridge,” says Jay Miller, president of Acoustic Innovations.
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Bell produced Jersey Boys on Broadway and currently runs an investment firm focused on real estate, private equity and entertainment ventures. Previously, he was the CEO of FriendFinder, the parent company of both Penthouse and the website BigChurch.com, an online Christian dating site, as well as several other brands.
The eight-bedroom Mediterranean-style mansion also reportedly includes 16 full and two half baths, a ballroom with 60-plus arcade games, three full bars, a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, library, gym and full outdoor basketball court.
Of course, a buyer may not have to shell out $35 million to feel like Captain Kirk or Jean-Luc Picard. As Spock might say, negotiation is logical.
Star Trek theaters always do well on web sites. We wonder if a homebuilder would offer something like this as an option—or perhaps a Star Trek development with high geek appeal? Scary thoughts, indeed.