Tesla Wants Drivers To Enjoy Dinner and a Movie While Charging Their Electric Cars

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is dot.LA's 2022/23 Editorial Fellow. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

Tesla Wants Drivers To Enjoy Dinner and a Movie While Charging Their Electric Cars
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Angelenos could soon enjoy dinner and a movie to go along with a fully-charged Tesla.

As reported by Electrek, the Elon Musk-led electric automaker has filed plans with the city of Los Angeles for a new charging station at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Drive in Hollywood. But the facility, complete with 34 charging stalls, is no ordinary EV charging station: Tesla also wants to build a diner and dine-in movie theater that will allow drivers to enjoy a meal and 30-minute short features while their vehicles charge.


The proposed two-story location will feature two movie screens visible from both the parking lot and a rooftop outdoor seating area. Inside, the bottom floor will house the kitchen, bar and dining area. The second-story rooftop area, which will also have a bar and table seating, will incorporate theater-style seating, as well. Visitors waiting in their cars can also experience a Sonic-style carhop service that will bring their food out to them, according to the plans.

Musk first floated the idea of a drive-in restaurant charging station in 2018; Tesla initially planned to open the location in Santa Monica, but local regulations prompted the company to relocate its designs to Hollywood, according to Electrek. In February, Musk tweeted that the facility would accept the crypto meme-coin Dogecoin, which he is a prominent backer of, as payment.

Los Angeles is already home to an enviable number of EV charging stations, with California at large representing more than 40% of all electric vehicles in the entire U.S. With the state hoping to only further grow EV adoption, charging stations are popping up with even more regularity—with the Kia Forum in Inglewood installing stations of its own and charging startup ChargeNet aiming to incorporate chargers at fast food restaurants like Taco Bell.

Tesla’s plans come as Musk, the company’s CEO, faces controversy over sexual misconduct allegations and his proposed private takeover of Twitter. Tesla’s own stock has taken a hit amid the Twitter deal.

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