The Moon, a live music venue and bar, is moving to the historic Ridglea Theater complex on Camp Bowie Boulevard in west Fort Worth.
The Moon, now at 2911 W. Berry St. across from TCU, will open next to the Ridglea Theater and open in November.
The new venue will be smoke-free, owner Chris Maunder says. It will rent its space for networking events, private parties, and charity events.
Maunder says the new venue will attempt to book more regionally and nationally recognized artists, "while still developing local talent from all genres of music."
The new space, which Maunder says he's leased for five years from owner Jerry Shults, new owner of the complex, is 4,500 square feet and will have a capacity of 500 patrons, Maunder says. Facing west on Camp Bowie, it will be connected to theater by a hallway. It will also be smoke-free.
Maunder's current Moon is 1,500 square feet and has a capacity of 114. Maunder bought that site in 2004 and has been operating there since.
Maunder, one of the co-directors of the Fort Worth Sings for Haiti benefit last year, says he wants to partner with selected local nonprofits, letting them have the proceeds from events at the new Moon.
"New challenge, new time," he says. "The bands are getting bigger, the bands are getting better. I'm looking to step up my game. I wanted to get back into doing a lot of community work."
The Moon will likely have its last show Nov. 6 at the TCU location. "The goal is to open our doors (in the new location) two weeks after our last show," Maunder said.
Moving means hiring more people. He currently has five employees, but expects to have 15 in the new location.