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Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 13 Feb 2003 15:02 #23802

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What a day,night, and week.... I am beat!!!!

Returned home from the United Drive-In Theatre Owner's conference in sunny Florida to SNOW in the Nashville area!

Saturday... trip to Home Depot for lumber to make our "Coming Soon" sign frame to be erected on the drive-in site.

Sunday... Drive to Watertown, build this monster of a sign frame while it was snowing outside. Get my truck stuck on the site, and was saved by a "good ol' boy" with a 4x4 truck and a big chain.

Monday... *@#&! hits the fan! Watertown Chamber gets ticked off because "they" are not in charge of the groundbreaking ceremony. Drive to Watertown to speak at the Chamber meeting that night and put out the fire.

Tuesday... Get the final bid in on the grading, and go back to the engineer for a "re-design" on the site grading.
Go to Big Lots and buy 6 - $4.99 shovels, go back to the office and work till 1:00 a.m. on the site plan. Leave the office and go to Walmart @ 1:45 a.m. to buy Gold spray paint. Get home, change clothes and go outside and paint shovels in the backyard. Go to bed at 3:30 a.m.

Meanwhile Dawn (wife) went to Walmart earlier in the day and bought 2 cases of "movie sized" candies (Jr. Mints, Goobers, etc.) and makes 75 gift certificates with little frilly ribbon thingys attached to give out at the ceremony the next morning. Certificates were for a free Large Popcorn and Softdrink at the theatre.

Wednesday... 5:30 a.m., wake up, do the "three S's" and drive to Watertown by 7:45 a.m. to hang the sign on the frame, spread 5 bales of straw on the ground for people to walk on, and pick up trash on the lot before people get there.

Drive back home, change into my "Sunday School" clothes and get back to Watertown by 9:45 a.m.

Below you'll see some photos from this mornings ceremony with some of my comments below.



This is the "Coming Soon" sign I put up on Sunday afternoon in the snow. The sign's still there, but the snow has melted away.



It's great to have a supportive family. Pictured above from Left to Right:
Dawn's Stepfather, Dawn's mother, Dawn - holding our 5 month old son Wesley, Me and our 2 1/2 year old son Christopher (below), my mom, Dawn's sister, and Dawn's father (in the hat).



The official "breaking of the ground", pictured above.. the Watertown City Council members, Tennessee State Senator Stratton Bone, Me and Dawn and Christopher, Bill Schultz - President of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Jeff Tunks - Executive Director of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Ricky Rodrigues - Director of the Wilson County Tourism Board, and members of the Wilson County Joint Economic and Development Commission and Bart Gordon - Tennessee State Representative.

After the ceremony, the Watertown Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception in our honor at the historic Bed & Breakfast in town.

It was a great day, but like I said above... I'm beat and ready for bed.

Barry Floyd
Floyd Entertainment Group
Lebanon, Tennessee

Stardust Drive-In Theatre
Watertown, Tennessee

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Lebanon, Tennessee

Stardust Drive-In Theatre
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 13 Feb 2003 17:41 #23803

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Congratulations Barry....You have been researching for a long time...it paid off.
Good luck with everything and keep us posted on how things are going. If I put a shovel in the ground right now the 2' of frost would make it bounce.
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 13 Feb 2003 19:42 #23804

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Congratulations!

This post has made my month! Just when I start to get a bit jaded, I read something good to keep me going!

The greatest thing about this country is that just about everyone's dream can be found at the business end of a shovel and no one but you can stop it from happening.

I wish you all the best in your business and God bless you and yours!
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 13 Feb 2003 19:49 #23805

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Good things come from hard work. Keep it up and enjoy your dream, Barry. Congratulations.
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 13 Feb 2003 20:26 #23806

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Best of luck,Barry!!You deserve it!
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 14 Feb 2003 14:26 #23807

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Congratulations! Brings back memories of all the happy nights I spent under the stars (and sometimes in the rain or snow) when I worked at the Grandview Drive-In. Whether there were a dozen cars on the lot, or 400, providing a night of drive-in entertainment for the audience was an experience.

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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 14 Feb 2003 22:52 #23808

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Congratulations and Good Luck Barry. Keep those pictures coming!
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 14 Feb 2003 23:05 #23809

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I wish you the best of luck with your soon to be new drive-in.

Isn't it amazing all the hurdles you had to overcome thanks to code enforcement, zoning and the likes... but when it's finally all together all the elected big shots are there for the photo-op to get the press coverage and let everyone know how much they all helped.
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 15 Feb 2003 14:55 #23810

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Congratulations and best of luck Barry. We've all been reading here and film-tech about your road to drive-in ownership for some time now. Its nice to hear of a dream come true. Again good luck.
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 17 Feb 2003 19:38 #23811

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Congrats a million Barry. Now the work begins! I hope you'll keep us posted as you proceed. When's opening night?

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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 19 Feb 2003 10:15 #23812

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Thanks for the kind words from everyone.

Two weeks in and we're already 9.54%(about $38k+)over budget on the total project costs!! I guess it was to be expected. I'm a numbers freak, so I constantly analize every expense, and reciept and weigh it against the construction schedule, the total loan amount, material costs, etc.

Dependant upon the weather, we are shooting for either Friday night May 2, or possibly closer to Memorial Day weekend. Gotta have some time to grow grass.

Having a hard time with Insurance. The fire and theft are minimal, the liability is outrageous!! I just got quoted a little over $25k per year for a $1 million dollar liability policy.

Barry Floyd
Floyd Entertainment Group
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Stardust Drive-In Theatre
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 19 Feb 2003 13:39 #23813

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That sounds pretty standard for liability insurance. That's about what we pay. Shop around.
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Re: Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Ground Breaking Ceremony 19 Feb 2003 17:08 #23814

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Canada is the most over-insured country around, yet we marvel at your premiums, simply outta this world, perhaps it's the very liberal courts there.....

Barry, I grew grass for a ballfield, planted in late NOV. was ready in June to play on, but only would've had growing weather from end of April on. Go to a FARM SEED CO. (not Wal-Mart or even a garden place). Farm Seed suppliers mix their own seed and will guide you through the process of soil prep., fertilization and seeding. You should have lots of time where you are to get grass. Talk to them about mixing in some OATS or other "crops" WITH the grass. With luck, you could be cutting the stuff within a few DAYS. The oats will grow quickly, be GREEN and protect the grass as it grows in. Also, it won't come back next year when your grass has matured...
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