Set on Main Street in downtown Franklin is a little theatre you may have walked by a time or two. You might have looked up at the marquee and wondered what kind of offerings they have.
Franklin Theatre is a small, charming venue for movies, plays, and music. When it first opened in 1937 it looked a bit different than it does now. The Franklin Theatre played matinee and nighttime movies on Main Street for 70 years. In 2007, it closed its doors due to a poor economy and competition from multi-theatre cinemas. Luckily for us, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County decided that the theatre could not be lost. They bought it and reworked it into the venue it is today.
The Franklin Theatre isn’t trying to compete with the local Regal Cinemas. Instead, they play second-run and older movies. If there’s a holiday coming up, expect to see a schedule full of old favorites. For the month of October, they played Halloween movies like Zombieland and Monster House. From Thanksgiving week through Christmas, they will be playing movies like The Polar Express, Love Actually, Home Alone, White Christmas, and others. They will even have a special morning showing of Elf, complete with “real” elves for photo ops and hot cocoa at the concessions stand.
Speaking of the concessions stand, not only do they have hot popcorn and candy, but they also cater to the 21+ crowd by serving wine and beer! So take a look at their listings and events, and visit the Franklin Theatre for an affordable and possibly wine-paired evening of entertainment. www.franklintheatre.com