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Old 02-08-2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default coming to Nashville: indoor drive-in theater

Surprisingly, it sounds pretty cool.

http://fox17.com/news/local/movies-g...&ICID=ref_fark




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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.
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“The August Moon Drive-In is conceived as a mini indoor theme park that transports people in space and time 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.”

Seating will also prove to be a unique experience as viewers can choose from seats in vintage cars to a picnic blanket spread out under the stars.
Movie-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. Counts wants people to feel like they've been taken back in time, like they are "inside a movie set."

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. Tickets will run from $8 to $20. The “August Moon community” will be able to vote on certain titles through social media to choose the programming at selected times.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:02 AM   #2
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Saw this a few days ago............. First thought was it would be a great novelty. A bit pricey, but if the actual experience is as good as they claim, I can see how it would be able to hold a decent customer base.

No bugs, no 'rain -outs', a trip down memory lane, but with everything perfect. A sanitized version of the glory nights of drive-ins.

Of course there will always be dinosaurs such as myself who will long for the heyday of drive-ins in southern CA. Playground with a wading pool at the foot of the big screen, two main features with lots of cartoons and coming attractions in between, even triple features of terribleness like 'The Hills Have Eyes', '1 Million Years BC' and '200 Motels'. Hell, even 'Zacariah' The first and only, 'rock western' The back row usually filled with folks in vans / trucks, tiny habatchi grills, coolers of the adult beverage of our choice, big, brown grocery bags with popcorn we'd popped at home, watching the movies from our lawn chairs......... Hell that was even better than the adolescent groping and panting of years prior
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But will there be mosquitoes? Can't have an authentic drive-in experience without skeeters!
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Or crackly, tinny speakers.

I'll pass. Those days are gone. A family resurrected one of two local drive-ins a decade ago, but had to close a few years ago. Young people don't go.
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No - they don't have to put up with the inconvenience of public bathrooms, waiting to order & get food... much easier to stream stuff at home, I'd imagine.
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For anyone who's ever gone to third base in the front seat of a Ford Granada during Kentucky Fried Movie, this brings a wonderful nostalgia.
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I think that they should offer special packages:

Like, for $40 they will pack you and 5 friends into the trunk of a 55 Bel Air and drive you into the venue.
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The last movie that I watched at a drive-in theater was "Dracula," staring Frank Langella.

I bought it on DVD, and DD#2 fell in love with Frank Langella...until she saw what he looks like today.
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It has to come with the smell of mosquito coils (what was that brand again?), car exhaust, and the smell of the grill in the snack bar. It also has to be hot/humid, or possibly cold. The sound system must be tinny.
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True story: a bunch of guys from my fraternity and I went to the Blackford County Drive-In, which was a porno drive-in near the Ball State University campus. This was before VCRs were common and before the internet. Only now does it seem odd to have watched hardcore porn with a carload of dudes.

Between features, and after lots of quarts of cheap beer, we all went to the concession stand (at a porno drive-in, to remind you) and without thinking about it, everyone either ordered corndogs or footlong hot dogs.

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The last movie that I watched at a drive-in theater was "Dracula," staring Frank Langella.
I remember a vampire triple feature in the very early 70's. Titles are long gone, I'm afraid. One was American made, one British and one Italian. I remember nothing in particular about the American one, but the British one left plot threads hanging out all over. They killed the vampire and BOOM that was the end of the movie. We looked at each other and said "But what about the kid? And the dog? And...?" The Italian one was an extravaganza. After THEY killed the vampire, they had a village-wide celebration that went on for a good 30 minutes, complete with a speech by the mayor.

And why bother to sneak in hiding in the trunk? All the ones I went to, the charge was by the carload, not per person. (Maybe because they knew that otherwise, people would hide in the trunk?)
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We're fortunate to still have the real deal not too far from here. It's open April 1st through Halloween. Every weekend through the whole year they have a flea market on Saturdays. It's a pretty good flea market and the booth rental helps them keep the drive-in open.

We haven't gone there for several years so I don't know what they're charging now. But they play first-run movies and have a decent crowd every weekend so I hope they'll be able to remain open. It helps that there's only 2 small theaters in town and only one plays first-run shows and the closest alternative is about 45 minutes away.

Small town America at it's finest.
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Another drive in story: as a child, my parents would take me to the drive in, in my pj's, with the snacks already made (homemade popcorn, drinks, hot dogs kept warm in a thermos), and the weirdest thing: an empty coffee can.

The coffee can was for when I inevitably had to pee, I could just stand beside the car and piddle into the can. Not until I was an adult did I question:

1) Why could they not walk me to the restroom? Was I too shy? Did they not want to miss the movie?
2) Why the coffee can? Why not just pee on the ground?
3) What the hell did they do with the pee after I went into the coffee can?


When I get to Heaven, those will be the first questions I ask my parents.
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