57 N. Main Street,
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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 and was designed by architect Roy C. Bryant. 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.
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