Franklin Theatre

419 Main Street,
Franklin, TN 37064

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kencmcintyre on November 13, 2007 at 9:56 pm

Not especially timely, but here is a June 2006 article about the theater from a local perspective:

stephaniedial on October 9, 2007 at 2:54 am

Just realized no one has yet posted anything about this- but there’s great news about the effort to save the Franklin Cinema.

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin has secured a one-year interest-free loan as a first step in rasing funds to own and renovate the old cinema into a muilti-use entertainment complex featuring movies, live music, special events, corporate events, etc. The expected close date is late October, 2007.

Visit for more info & the official press release.

tomdelay on June 15, 2007 at 12:55 pm

I have, many times, including this last posting and it still comes through. Arrgggg!

tomdelay on June 15, 2007 at 10:40 am

I keep getting notification of entries about this theatre. Please remove my name from this theatre’s list. Thank you.

JackCoursey on June 15, 2007 at 7:53 am

Check out the Franklin Cinema in Franklin, TN. There is a big community effort underway to get this theatre up and running again as a venue for both live performance and film.

JackCoursey on February 16, 2007 at 7:25 am

There was another Franklin Theatre that predates this one and was located just up Main Street. The seating for the original theatre was around 300. When the current Franklin Theatre at 419 Main Street opened in 1930 it had a seating capacity of approximately 730 (600 in the stalls and 130 in the balcony). There is a great effort being made to reopen and restore the Franklin and I have a good feeling that it is going to come back better than ever.

James Colburn
James Colburn on February 15, 2007 at 5:45 am

Thanks Jack! That is a great set of shots.

JackCoursey on January 7, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Here are photos from the Franklin’s last day of operation: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8

JackCoursey on January 4, 2007 at 4:47 am

Lost Memory: Excellent article! Thank you for sharing it.

longislandmovies on January 3, 2007 at 6:50 pm


longislandmovies on January 3, 2007 at 5:57 pm

how much cash are we talking about?

JackCoursey on December 6, 2006 at 4:27 pm

This question was somewhat addressed a few months ago in an article in the Tennesseen on what was being done to try to save the theatre. This article implied that a group would be meeting with the proprietors of the Belcourt and other similar operations such as the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville and the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga to get some suggestions on how to both save and sustain the Franklin. No word on the outcome. All that is sure at this point is that the FRANKLIN THEATRE WILL CLOSE IN DECEMBER 2006.

Franklinite on December 6, 2006 at 1:51 pm

Has anyone checked with the owners of The Belcourt Cinema in Hillsboro Village (Nashville)? I don’t think they make a killing, but they show amazing indie films and documentaries. They also have art shows, music, etc.
Hopefully there is a solution. Would be shameful of our town to begin losing its eclectic feel downtown. We certainly don’t need anymore lawyer’s offices or overpriced home decor stores down there.

JackCoursey on November 28, 2006 at 7:39 am

This telephone number will put you through to the group which is heading the campaign to save the theatre: (615) 591-8500.

havuhrd on November 28, 2006 at 7:02 am

we would be willing to assume the lease on theatre, and bring in live entertainment as well as keep movie s running….mostly classics….help me get ahold of who i need to…my local phone is 785-577-5038, ask for James

HornerJack on October 23, 2006 at 11:26 pm

The Franklin may close at the end of 2006 because the new landlord needs to increase the rent to recoup his investment. Loyal fsns of the theater are looking at ways to prevent the Franklin’s demise. Franklin is one of the richest cities in the country, both finanacially and historically, so let’s hope the Franklin will survive.

JackCoursey on July 13, 2006 at 2:57 pm

Preach it Girl! If this city can afford to shelf out the bucks to buy a Pizza Hut and a country club and convert them into historic parks it has more than enough reserve to at lease give the theatre a tax break.

amyliz on July 13, 2006 at 1:32 pm

I would be willing to pay more for tickets. I grew up in Franklin, I live there now. People there will pay more for something if they really want it. Hell most of the people in Franklin (including me) could buy the same house in another city for thousands less, but they want to live in Frankin so they pay more. The Franklin Cinema offers things that the Carmike Thoroughbred 20 would never offer. You can order pizza or a burger and they will bring it to you, not to mention the best popcorn anywhere. Oh, and if you want a picture of beer or a bottle they have that too. At the thoroughbred 20 you can barely get through the line and all they offer is soda and nasty stale popcorn. At the Franklin Cinema almost all seats have a table in front of them and you do not feel crammed in. I hate the fact that out of town transpants are buying up Main Street and running out out history. I knew it would all fall apart when the corner Soda Shop was replaced by a starbucks! Please save our theater, where else can I go see a late show in my jammies and not get looked at funny!!!

JackCoursey on June 18, 2006 at 5:38 pm

The Franklin’s days are numbered. Unless the current management is given a break on the lease, the theatre will close in December 2006. This will be most unfortunate in that the theatre is one of the major attractions in the downtown Franklin area.

James Colburn
James Colburn on June 15, 2006 at 4:30 am

Very nice town and blessed to have that theatre. Dont Mess it up!
Cut him a break!

Patsy on November 17, 2005 at 10:00 am

Lost Memory: Couldn’t bring up your photo site posted 11/2/05.

carolgrau on November 2, 2005 at 12:56 pm

They all go to the carmike thoroughbred 20 more, used to see them there all the time, so whats the big deal? Ashley will always be a bitch, and nothing will change.

JackCoursey on June 21, 2005 at 2:33 pm

Here’s a recent photo of the Franklin: View link