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Franklin Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Crescent Amusement Co.
Functions: Live Performances, Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Franklin Cinema
- Williamson Square Cinema
- Watson Glen Cinema 10
- AMC Thoroughbred 20
- Galleria 10
- Brentwood Plaza Theater
News About This Theater
- Jun 15, 2011 — Franklin Theatre reopening raises expectations for downtown
- Feb 9, 2011 — Efforts to restore Franklin Theatre payoff; theater reopens in June
- Apr 22, 2009 — Projection questions
- Jan 13, 2009 — Matching funds raised for Franklin theater
- Feb 15, 2007 — Meeting Today to Discuss Franklin Cinema's Future
- Jan 3, 2007 — Urgent request to help save the historic Franklin Cinema
- Nov 6, 2006 — Save the Franklin Theatre Event
- Jun 8, 2006 — Franklin Cinema to close?
Opened in 1937, the 725-seat Franklin Theatre was operated by the Cumberland Amusement Co. a subsidiary of Crescent Amusement Co. out of Nashville, TN. A really neat indie that screened first run flicks at a fraction of megaplex admission prices. No stadium seating, but plush seats with plenty of legroom and tables you could park your boots and bear on. The Franklin Cinema was a favorite haunt of local celebrities, including one or all of the Judds, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Michael McDonald.
The Franklin Cinema closed on January 7, 2007. Following a restoration and renovation which de-twinned the auditorium, it was reopened on June 3, 2011 under its original Franklin Theatre name.
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I know Chuck this info came from an ad in the Nashville Scene.Maybe I should have listed were my info came from.
O.K. Chuck I knew they were still showing movies,looks like they are not advertising movies in print ads now.Just the live stuff.
From this weeks Nashville Scene.Darrel Scott with String Quintet Sat.Aug 13 8.P.M.August 18-28 Studio Tenn Presents:Guys and Dolls. Nanci Griffith Sat. Sept.3 at 8 P.M.Happy Birthday,Patsy Cline with Mandy Barnett Thursday,Sept.8 at 8 P.M.Loudon Wainwright 111 Sat. Sept.10 at 8 P.M.Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Friday,Sep. 23 at 8.P.M.
Thanks for posting these nice photos Roburtone,I am going to drive down soon to check it out.
From an ad in this weeks Nashville Scene.J.D.Souther in concert Saturday May 5 at 8:00 P.M.Marc Cohn Friday May 11 at 8 P.M.Friday May 18th.Blind Boys of Alabama,Madeleine Peyroux May 19th.Glenn Miller Orchestra May 26 at 3 P.M. and 8:P.M.
I remember this theater well. Both sets of my grandparents lived in Franklin(father was raised there). My paternal grandparents lived only 2-½ blocks from the theatre, so my sister & I attended lots of movies when visiting them. For many years the concession stand had a window which opened onto Main St. Passersby could get popcorn, Cokes, etc. without actually attending the movie. My father is part of a group which graduated Franklin High in the 40s. Every year they have a reunion..they had it at this theatre in 2011.
I got a private tour(courtesy of friend) of the theatre just before its reopening. Good to see that it’s been restored and in use again.
This theater appears in a TV commercial for Liberty Mutual Insurance promoting volunteerism. There are two shots of the exterior at night and an auditorium scene as well.
The theatre shows up again in the news show “48 Hours.” A tracking shot follows one of the show’s participants as he walk past the front with the marquee lighted up.
An article in the April 7, 2010 issue of the Williamson Herald said that the Franklin Theatre was built in 1937. The original seating capacity was 725. Plans for the LEED-certified renovation and expansion in 2010-2011 were by the Nashville firm Hastings Architecture Associates, with the lead architect on the project being Chuck Gannaway.