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It’s Showtime at the Franklin Theatre

The little known star of the Franklin Theatre is finally getting its time in the spotlight. Since 2012 the Showtime Premium Chocolate Bar has enhanced the theatre experience for those that have been lucky enough to partake. A previously under-the-radar item, the Showtime Bar is now in a starring role.

Exclusively made for and available at the Franklin Theatre, the Showtime Premium Chocolate Bar includes dark chocolate, crushed almonds, a dash of sea salt and caramel throughout.

Not only is the Showtime Premium Chocolate Bar produced exclusively for the Franklin Theatre, it’s made locally. Created in partnership with Schakolad Chocolate Factory, the bar itself went through several revisions before landing on the recipe that is sold today. It’s a chocolate bar made by chocolate lovers for chocolate lovers.

Through August, or while supplies last, a free movie ticket (some restrictions apply*) is included on the inside of the wrapper. Showtime Bars may be purchased for only $5 while attending events or at the box office. Free movie tickets are good through October 25, 2015.

A Showtime Bar is the perfect companion to a summer movie. Several summer classics are slated for late Summer performances.

Back To The Future—Celebrating Marty McFly’s time-traveling arrival into the future in 2015—July 20, 2015

Funny Girl–In this bittersweet, classic musical drama, the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein, is another story. July 21, 2015

The Breakfast Club – 30th Anniversary of five strangers with nothing in common but each other—Aug. 3, 2015

Movies On Main Street has been a tradition on Franklin since 1937. Restored and reopened in 2011, The Franklin Theatre in its current incarnation continues that tradition. ­­­

*Not valid for holiday movies, special screenings, or movies hosted by other groups at the Franklin Theatre.


Admission Price Increase on Some Movies

The Franklin Theatre will be increasing admission fees for certain categories of movies effective immediately. This marks the first such increase time since the theater reopened in 2011.

While many popular silver screen “classics” and Saturday morning (10 AM) children’s movies will remain at $5 per person; admission for new and recent releases will increase as follows:

$7 for adults

$6 for children (ages 18 and under) *

$6 for seniors (65 and older) *

$6 for active military *

* valid ID required for special rates

“We’ll continue to have a $5 movie tradition, and the new rate to see recent releases is still considerably lower than most options nearby,” according to Executive Director Dan Hays. “The experience of patrons is unique at the Franklin Theatre and keeping prices within range for families is important to us.”

The theater is also increasing “preservation fees” added to ticket charges for movies and all other events. These fees are earmarked to help take care of major repairs and improvements to the theater as it ages.

As the summer movie season draws near, the Franklin Theatre will screen a line-up of fan favorites and a Memorial Day blockbuster. We’ll celebrate with classic titles of romance, coming of age, science fiction, and rites of passage. Pricing for these films remains $5.

  • Pretty Woman—the 25th anniversary of the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere favorite—May 20, 2015
  • Jaws—Kickoff of summer’s fun-filled Shark Week—July 5, 2015
  • The Secret Handshake—Starring Kevin Sorbo, Amy Grant and Mark Collie, men and boys learn together what it takes to be a man.—May 28 at 7pm & May 31 at 1, 4 & 7pm ($7)
  • Back To The Future—Celebrating Marty McFly’s time-traveling arrival into the future in 2015—July 20, 2015
  • The Breakfast Club – 30th Anniversary of five strangers with nothing in common but each other—Aug. 3, 2015
  • Father of the Bride—In honor of the summer wedding season, a celebration of brides and sentimental dads—June 2015 (exact date TBD)

Marvel’s biggest movie of the summer –The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres at the Franklin Theatre on May 22. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance.

All movies currently on sale and showtime, as well as other events including music concerts, are available at


Franklin Theatre – A Continued Tradition of Excellence

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.


Christmas Film Fest and World-Class Live Music Featured

FRANKLIN, TN – The historic 300-seat Franklin Theatre announced its Christmas entertainment lineup today, featuring a variety of live concerts and classic holiday-themed movies that celebrate the venue’s 75-year tradition.

“Christmas and the holidays are a cherished time.  We’re honored that families and friends make it an annual ritual to spend some time together enjoying live music or a favorite film at the Franklin Theatre,” says theater director Dan Hays.

Among the musical greats scheduled and sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance for Christmas themed shows are The Blind Boys of Alabama (Dec. 5), Suzy Bogguss (Dec. 12), Phil Vassar (Dec. 13), Tab Benoit with Samantha Fish (Dec. 17), Riders In The Sky (Dec. 20) and two shows with The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to ring in the New Year (12/31).

The Franklin Theatre also features a lineup of classic Christmas films.  Working with radio partners Mix 92.9 and 96.3 JACKfm, classics and favorites such as It’s A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street and Polar Express present a uniquely Franklin experience in the recently restored theater.


12/5            The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
12/12          Suzy Bogguss’ Swinging’ Little Christmas
12/13          Phil Vassar Christmas Show
12/17          Tab Benoit with Samantha Fish
12/20          Riders In The Sky: Christmas The Cowboy Way
12/31          The Only and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – 6:00 and 9:30 PM


11/28-12/3   Home Alone
11/28-12/7   Christmas Vacation
12/7-9          Polar Express
12/7-10        Miracle On 34th Street
12/13-20      Elf
12/21-25      White Christmas
12/23-25      It’s A Wonderful Life

Tickets for all shows are available by calling the Franklin Theatre box office at 615-538-2076 or online at  Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged due to holiday demand.


Available in any denomination and valid for any theatre event or concessions, Franklin Theatre gift cards are available to purchase at the box office (in person) or by calling (615) 538-2076.


Plan a group outing and rent the Franklin Theatre’s 44-seat balcony for scheduled movies and concerts (based on availability) by calling 615-538-2083. No additional fees are associated with balcony rentals for pre-existing events. Balcony rentals include the second floor private lounge area and restrooms.


FRANKLIN, TN – With the goal of shining a light on one of the most pivotal events in the city’s storied history, the Franklin Theatre announced several special presentations for November to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin.
The events kick off with Robert Lee Hodge’s Emmy Award-winning documentary The Battle of Franklinon Sunday, Nov. 2.  Preservationist and New York Times best-selling author Robert Hicks presents his A Guitar And A Pen radio show on Nov. 13 followed by Seeds for The Garden on Nov. 14, a benefit for the Carter Hill Garden Park.  The concert features Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, John Cowan and Forrest O’Connor.
The final event is a star-studded musical showcase on Nov. 28 of The 1861 Project’s third volume: The Battle of Franklin. Artists slated to appear include Bobby Bare, Kim Richey, Maura O’Connell, Sierra Hull and more.  The music includes songs inspired by actual events surrounding the Battle of Franklin in 1864.
“It’s important for us to observe and reflect on the significance of this defining time for our community and let live music and film draw on the stories and emotions that help us relate to our history,” says Franklin Theatre Executive Director Dan Hays.
Tickets for all events are available by calling the Franklin Theatre box office at (615) 538-2076 or online at Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged due to high demand.

  • Sun, 11/2    The Battle of Franklin  (film)
  • Thur, 11/13 A Guitar And A Pen (radio show with Robert Hicks)
  • Fri, 11/14     Seeds for The Garden (music with Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, John Cowan and Forrest O’Connor)
  • Fri, 11/28     The 1861 Project (music with Bobby Bare, Kim Richey, Maura O’Connell, Sierra Hull and more)

For further information, contact:
Brian Solomon