Artcraft Theatre

57 N. Main Street,
Franklin, IN 46131

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Artcraft Theatre

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The Artcraft Theatre was opened on November 1, 1922 as a vaudeville house, seating 879. They later began showing movies. It was the center of the small town of Franklin. The Artcraft Theatre holds one of the first “air conditioners”: cool water from a well in the basement would be pumped past a large fan which would extract the cold from the water and blow it through the theatre.

The Artcarft Theatre was remodeled in 1948, to the plans of architect Alden Meranda. Franklin Heritage bought the theatre in April of 2004 and is working to restore this Art Deco style theatre back to its original glory.

Contributed by Rob Shilts

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Here is the website for the Artcraft Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm

This is another photo of the Artcraft.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 4:09 am

A new link to the photo posted on Nov 2, 2005 is here. The photo is circa 1980.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on August 14, 2009 at 8:02 am

Drove by yesterday. Marquee says they’re open during renovation. Huge scaffolding covers front above canopy.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm

This is a photo of the Artcraft Theater.

RubyTrio
RubyTrio on November 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Just attended a showing of “It Happened One Night” at the Artcraft. Still undergoing renovation. I was glad that it is still alive and kicking.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

The theater celebrates its 90th birthday: View article

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