A Fremont couple is hoping to break ground on new, retro-style drive in movie theater in Douglas County this year. Jenny and Jeff Karls purchased 40 acres of land on Highway 36 and 300th Street for the project. The Douglas County Planning Commission gave their approval and the County Board was going to address it at their meeting on Tuesday Jeff Karls says then came a hurdle.
Karls says, “The main issue we have right now is some discussion that needs to take place with a neighbor. There was a letter submitted that raised some concerns, most of which have been covered with our work with the Council. We’ve worked with both the state and the county in our plans to ramp up for this meeting.” Karls says they have a meeting scheduled this week with the neighbor to discuss concerns. He says they have put a lot of time and effort into their planning and they want to make sure the project has a positive impact on the area. The Douglas County Board tabled the issue until their February 6th meeting.
Karls says they plan to call the drive-in “The Quasar”. Phase one includes a 100 x 50 foot screen, room for 420 vehicles, double features on weekends and of course a retro snack bar. He says, “It is a throw-back retro structure and if you are going to bring people out there at 6:00 or 7:00 in the evening for a show that starts at 9:00, you have to have a fantastic dinner menu. You want them to come out and spend the evening, you want the kids to play and make an evening of it. For most of the ones we’ve been to around the country, it is a value for their customers. An adult admission. Kids under 12 are free. They get a double feature. They get a really good value for their money that way.”
Karls hopes to break ground this summer and running at full speed by the 2019 movie going season. Phase two includes adding another screen at a later date.