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August Moon, a Massive Dine-In Indoor Drive-In Theater, Is Coming to Nashville

The $10 million project is aiming to open the second quarter of 2018

Rendering of August Moon Drive-In
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A unique new entertainment venue is coming to Nashville next year, as August Moon, an indoor theater made to simulate a classic 1960’s drive-in, is currently in the works.

Announced earlier this morning, Variety details that the planned $10 million, 350-seat project will be located at the intersection of James Robertson Parkway and Interstate 24 near Nissan Stadium, and will feature “a 40,000-square-foot, air-supported dome, complete with simulated starry sky, seating in modified classic cars and food service (with a full bar) focused on artisanal takes on comfort-food standards like burgers and milkshakes.” The Tennessean also reports that it will include multiple dining areas and private “tree house” event and party areas, along with a separate lounge featuring live music.

Michael Counts, who is known for directing interactive projects in New York City and behind, is the project’s creator and designer, with other partners in August Moon including Vector Management’s Ken Levitan, a co-founder of Music City Food + Wine Festival and part owner in several Nashville restaurants.

The Variety article notes that the venue is taking cues from other related outlets such as Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and “immersive theater events like ‘Sleep No More.’”

The screen is planned to be the largest non-IMAX movie screen in North America, and the experience will allow for live action elements before and after the film, drawing on Counts’ background. Pricing will run between $8 and $20 per show, with a variety of other add-ons.

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