FRANKLIN, TN — Since its 2011 renovation, the Franklin Theatre has become one of the most important cultural catalysts and social gathering places in middle Tennessee. The historic venue hosted 635 events last year and it has helped raise more than $2 million for area charities since reopening.
“The Franklin Theater continues to cement its place in downtown Franklin and the hearts of our patrons,” says Mary Pearce of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. “We look forward to another exciting year of entertainment” including performances by The Chuck Wagon Gang (Feb. 10), Mac Davis (Feb. 13 & 14), Gretchen Peters (Feb. 27), Mel Tillis (Mar. 13 & 14), Hot Club of Cowtown (Mar. 27) and more.
In 2014, the Franklin Theatre hosted a variety of sold out concerts including Art Garfunkel, Bret Michaels, ASIA, The Bacon Brothers and Sheryl Crow. In addition to live music, the ABC television series Nashville used the Franklin Theatre as a backdrop for several scenes.
The Franklin Theatre averages approximately two events per day and, in addition to live music and movies, is honored to work with schools, students, police and fire departments, senior groups, press conferences, merchant groups, medical societies and major corporations. The venue also features classic Christmas movies as part of its holiday programming. “The Franklin Theatre has quickly become a favorite holiday tradition for many families,” says theater director Dan Hays.
In total, 70,566 patrons were ticketed for events in 2014 and generated an estimated $3.5 million economic impact. Approximately 12% of patrons were visitors from outside of middle Tennessee and nearly 60% from Williamson County this past year.
Attendees are the theater’s greatest champions as over 98% say they are likely to recommend events hosted at Franklin Theatre to others. In surveys, 96% rate the quality of programming as “above average” or “excellent.”
Details about upcoming events, arrangements to rent the facilities and how to make a contribution can be found here on the theater’s website or by calling 615-538-2076.