Murfreesboro has a lot to offer for young people looking to further their educations, but when it comes to family entertainment, there are very few places a family can go, according to some local entrepreneurs.
David Stansberry Jr. said he wants to change that and give the public a place to catch a movie while lying out and looking up at the stars or a place where you can get some alone time with your significant other while the kids play and roam around in a safe environment.
On Aug. 14, Stansberry presented his plan of opening a drive-in movie theater at the old Sky Harbor Airport at Old Nashville Highway and Florence Road to the Rutherford County Board or Zoning Appeals.
Stansberry has already chosen a name for his new establishment: the Mars Dine-in/Drive-in Theater.
And this won’t be your ordinary drive-in movie theater.
Along with two massive screens there will also be a dining area as well as an inside theater. Stansberry said he also wants to keep as much “green” around as possible, meaning there will be lots of trees and grassy areas.
Many questions were raised at the zoning meeting, including a concern about traffic and how Stansberry planned on tackling that issue.
To keep traffic under control, the entrance to the drive-in will be on Florence Road almost adjacent from its intersection with Singer Road and the Florence Baptist Church.
“That road is three lanes wide and can handle the traffic,” said attorney Ted Goodman, who represents Stansberry.
Other questions arose as well concerning things like viewing from outside of the theater, sound and even ground temperature.
Stansberry and attorney were well prepared for these questions as well, responding by reassuring that neighbors and people driving by would not disturbed by the pictures shown due to a large tree line that will surround the property.
Sound will be transmitted over FM radio frequencies so viewers can listen to the movies through the comfort of their own cars.
As far as the temperature of the ground goes Stansberry is going to keep as much grass as possible and have a lot made of gravel to reduce the amount of heat absorbed.
Because audio is going to be transmitted through viewers radios much concern was shown about viewers batteries so Stansberry assured that the drive-in will be equipped with portable battery boosters just incase there are dead batteries.
After a series of questions from not only Rutherford County officials but concerned citizens, and answers from Stansberry and attorney, the Zoning Board gave Stansberry the green light to begin construction.
Stansberry said he hopes The Mars Dine-in/Drive-in Theater will be open by fall 2014.