Tesla Wants to Open a Drive-In Theater and Diner Charging Station in LA

In a move four years in the making, Tesla has filed plans for a Supercharger station that doubles as a retro-style diner and drive-in theater in Hollywood.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk first expressed interest in building such a station in the Los Angeles area in 2018.

Plans filed with the city of Los Angeles show that the company wants to build a two-level restaurant structure on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The first floor would consist of a kitchen, restaurant seating and an outside bar area. The second floor is slated to have more restaurant seating, another bar area and theater-style seating.

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Charger with Tesla logo at a Supercharger rapid battery charging station for the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors, in the Silicon Valley town of Mountain View, California, August 24, 2016. Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Out in the parking lot, 29 of the 34 planned parking spaces will have Supercharger stations installed, with the other five being filled by other charging stations.

Two screens will be visible from the parking lot, and the company plans to have "carhops" that will take food orders out to those waiting in their cars.

According to the planning documents, the movies shown will be around 30 minutes long, coinciding with the average charging time.

The station would be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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30-minutes movies would be shown, the length of an average charging session. Tesla, Inc.

The crux of getting the facility built involves demolishing a branch of Shakey's Pizza that's located on that lot, which many locals are opposed to, according to reports.

Tesla had previously planned to build a similar concept on its Supercharger lot in the city of Santa Monica, California. That plan was scrapped but with the charging site intact.

Charging companies are starting to work towards creating more conveniences and amenities for customers as EV adoption increases.

Earlier this year, Electrify America announced that it would redesign a lot of its stations to increase the comfort for customers. At those stations, drivers may find lounges, event spaces, solar canopies, EV display areas, on-site security cameras and additional lighting.

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The company's popular SUV has a competitive range. Tesla Inc.

Volvo and Starbucks recently formed a partnership to install up to 60 ChargePoint stations at 15 Starbucks locations in the western part of the U.S. The 1,350-mile route would stretch from the Denver area to Starbucks headquarters in Seattle.

The plan is to have a charging station available every 100 miles. These stations would charge a fee for each use, but drivers of Volvo EVs would be able to use them for free or at a reduced rate.

Plans for the Tesla site are still in the development stage, with the project still needing the approval of the city to move forward.

Other details, like the opening date and the menu for the restaurant, have yet to be announced.