Plans are moving forward for a proposed indoor drive-in theatre with a 1960s feel in East Nashville.
Michael Counts, the project designer, said Thursday the ‘August Moon Drive-In’ is still targeted to open in Spring 2018.
Right now, Counts said the $10 million project is in a critical phase for about the next 90 days. It needs to raise $6.5 million to start the project, the vast majority of which has already been committed, but Counts said the theatre is looking for accredited investors from the Nashville area to join the project.
“We’re looking for a small group of the right partners who have a vested interest in Nashville,” Counts said in an interview with Fox 17 News.
Since publicly announcing the indoor drive-in theatre, Counts said the response has been “phenomenal” and “overwhelming,” even reaching to audiences as far as Canada and Australia.
There have already been talks with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, which Counts said were “positive” and she seemed “eager and excited.” After financing is complete, Counts will go back to the mayor to smooth out plans and permits.
The 60,000 square-foot air-supported dome is slated to be built in Main Event Parking at the intersection of James Robertson Parkway and Interstate 24. Counts said a grounds lease has been talked about with the owners of Main Event Parking, which should soon be finalized.
Counts said he’s thankful for the outpouring of enthusiasm from Nashvillians and plans are full steam ahead.