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FRANKLIN THEATRE ADDS “PRESERVATION FEE” Funds Earmarked for Major Repairs and Future Improvements

In 2007, we almost lost the Franklin Theatre – forever!

But thanks to enormous support, the community saved a vital landmark and reinvented it as a world class performance venue.

But our work is not done.

Successful historic theaters require ongoing care and to plan for future costs of building repairs and equipment replacement the Franklin Theatre is instituting a modest “preservation fee” to be added to ticket prices effective November 1st to help assure the high level of experience patrons have come to expect.

“In the near future we’ll need to replace carpets, make repairs to equipment as they happen and upgrade systems that allow us to present quality programming and talent,” says theater director Dan Hays.  “Adding a preservation fee to each ticket purchased will build a fund dedicated to major capital expenses and minimize emergencies down the road.”

After totally renovating the building which reopened in 2011, one of our focuses now is to assure it remains in good repair and state–of-the art for years to come.  General donations and ticket prices support programming and bring in the quality of talent the theater has become known for while the new preservation fee will be earmarked for major equipment repairs and building improvements.

The “preservation fee” will be added to the cost of all ticketed events regardless of whether purchased at the box office, by phone or online.

Ticket Price

Online Purchase Service Fee (Agile)

Preservation Fee

$0.01 – $10.99

$1.00 Per Ticket


$11.00 to $50.99

$2.00 Per Ticket


$51.00 and Higher

$4.00 Per Ticket


* Additional ticketing service fees are charged by Agile for online purchases only and not those purchased in person at the box office or by phone.

For more details about the new policy or information on coming events, please contact the Franklin Theatre at 615-538-2076 or visit