Nashville, TN - Indoor drive-in movie theater coming to Nashville

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on February 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm


From FoxNews: Movie-goers in Nashville are in for a unique experience as plans have been unveiled for an indoor drive-in with a 1960s feel, Fox 17 reports.

The “August Moon Drive-In” is slated to open at the intersection of James Robertson Parkway and Interstate 24 in 2018.

But this is not your typical drive-in.

The environment in the 40,000 square-foot space with an air-supported dome will be complete with 50 classic cars, full-sized trees, hammocks, a starry night with an August “sailor’s moon” and even fireflies. It also boasts the largest non-IMAX movie screen in the North America.

“The August Moon Drive-In will be the first of its kind and an attraction that dramatically enhances the way people experience movies,” a news release sent to Fox 17 News said.

The drive-in will operate daily, with an initial schedule of 18 showings a week.

The project is being designed by Michael Counts, who is based out of New York and has been called a “master of immersive entertainment” by the New York Times. Counts is best known for creating “The Walking Dead Experience.”

“The August Moon Drive-In is conceived as a mini indoor theme park that transports people in space and tMovie-goers can enjoy American comfort food in multiple dining areas or grab a drink at several bars. There’s also a private dining “tree house” for events and parties.

Perfect for Music City, the drive-in will have live music programming before and after the movie.

Movies shown will be first-run movies as well as film favorites. The “August Moon community” will be able to vote on certain titles through social media to choose the programming at selected times.ime to a quintessentially American experience – where that perfect summer night at sunset, where crickets chirp in the distance and the audience breathes in the scent of fresh meadow air, can be repeated with absolute consistency within what is effectively a giant movie set. In addition to being a re-invention of the movie-going experience, August Moon will allow audiences time to explore, play, and dine, and of course, watch their movie.”

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Comments (3)

Archie1959 on February 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Great idea! Would not mind seeing this as an alternative where I live in MA when the weather is bad for a traditional drive in movie!

rayman29 on February 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm

It’s a cool idea, although it makes me sad so many drive in theatres are gone forever. Maybe if this succeeds this will convince people with enough money that drive ins can be viable, and others to open or reopen. Sounds like a cool concept, although it may be too expensive to build more.

terrywade on February 8, 2017 at 11:05 pm

Let’s hope they put in stereo speakers in each car with surround sound in the back seat with a volume control in each car. They will have to clean each classic vehicle every night as people will make a mess with all the refreshment snacks they will spill on the seats and floor. The big screen sounds great and I hope they just don’t put in a big square thing with no scope masking. Put some fans on the trees and make them move.

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