Blue Grass Drive In site plan gets green light


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Posted Online: Oct. 22, 2013, 7:09 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
BLUE GRASS, IOWA -- The proposed Blue Grass Drive In movie theater passed its last hurdle Monday when the city council unanimously approved the site plan. Work could begin this fall, and the two screens could open in April.

The drive in will be built on almost 10 acres in the industrial park on the west end of town. There will be two movie screens and the ability to hold 200 vehicles at each screen. Show times will be staggered to help with traffic flow, said developer and owner Randy Lorenz.

He said the old-fashioned family atmosphere will be mixed with new technology. Instead of showing up two hours early to get a spot, patrons will be able to reserve one for a fee. In addition, patrons will be able to text the concession stand a pizza order.

The site will include a play area for children and eventually mini-golf, Mr. Lorenz said. He added the goal he and his family share in building the drive-in is to provide a venue that brings family and friends together.

"We have been working on this for six years. We are happy they've finally found a home for us," he said.

Mr. Lorenz said the city worked with his family and Blue Grass Bank to make the development possible. "I live in Blue Grass, and I am very proud our community came together to make this work," he said.





















 




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