Creative Campus Pantheon Park in the Works for Music City

Historically a place of creativity and vibrant cultural life, Music City is again considered one of the most promising cities of the future.

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

Historically a place of creativity and vibrant cultural life, Music City is again considered one of the most promising cities of the future. Since it appeals to a younger demographic, it’s not surprising that entertainment-oriented industries consider Nashville a viable investment for their operations, which is exactly what McIntyre Ventures LLC is betting on with its proposed Pantheon Park campus.

In the works since 2011, Pantheon Park would become a destination for creative types to study and produce “the next generation of entertainment technologies,” according to the project’s marketing team. Pantheon Park would include a range of services including performance halls and various event venues, multi-arts facilities, academies, production studios, entertainment and technology accelerators.

According to The Tennessean, McIntyre Ventures has selected 7.5 acres bounded by Eighth Avenue South, 10th Avenue South, Demonbreun Street, Lea Street and Clark Street and across from the new Music City Center as the location for Pantheon Park. This location could cost up to $40 million. If acquired, extensive demolition will be needed for existing structures such as the United Methodist Publishing House. Plans to acquire the site, however, have yet to be confirmed by developers.

The performance hall at Pantheon Park would be capable of accommodating up to 2,400, and would include an orchestra enclosure and canopy, full theatrical lighting, and multiple stage configurations along with performance green rooms and lounges, three additional event halls with modular seating and lighting, and recording studios—all connected with wireless and fiber optics to create superior production and performance facilities. A rooftop terrace with indoor and outdoor lounges, a wood-burning fireplace and engaging views of downtown Nashville would add to the facility’s attraction. The terrace, capable of accommodating 500, would also feature a catered rooftop restaurant, café and espresso bars, celebrity chefs and international cuisine as well as a tent for inclement weather.

Multi-arts facilities on site would include the Cherokee Scoring Stage Studio, Insomnia Studios and Redundant Broadband Pipe and Power. Facilities would feature 3D video production and projection and multi-purpose theatrical lighting systems. Cherokee Studios, designed by A&R Studio Design, would incorporate vintage analog equipment with state-of-the-art recording and sound engineering capabilities. Two floors of the studio building would offer computer arts facilities for high-end post-production, multimedia production and digital products testing. The top floors of the studio building, consisting of Class AA office space, would be occupied by film production and post-production companies.

An array of private STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) state-of-the-art middle and high schools—as well as music, design and technology-focused private university classes—would offer the education component that Pantheon project developers have embraced.

Pantheon’s services would include business support, on-site access to investment funding, tech support, legal services, management support, marketing, accounting, 24-hour in-house security, concierge services such as transportation, childcare, dry cleaning and many more. The Cumberland Center, a university-business alliance devoted to supporting new innovation, would offer counseling IT & entertainment ventures through the developmental stage to commercialization. IP law firms, accounting firms, marketing firms, temporary management and VC firms, market leading hardware and software companies and service providers are expected to have significant representations at pantheon.

Themed public restaurants and retail space at pantheon Park would be designed to attract the general public, especially with the campus’ diverse architecture. Every block would have its own specific architecture, a movie set frontage that would double as movie-set backdrops. Frequent shuttles would link the campus to areas such as Music Row, The Gulch and the university areas.

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