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Christmas Film Fest and World-Class Live Music Featured

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – From Celtic to Country and Big Band to Bluegrass, the Franklin Theatre presents a variety of award-winning musical experiences this Holiday season with something for the entire family. In addition, the 75 year tradition of movies on Main Street is in high gear with a Christmas Film Festival.

Among the musical giants slated for Christmas themed shows are Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Phil Vassar, Christmas with the Celts, Sarah Darling, The Street Corner Symphony and Mark Schultz.  The season caps off with two shows on New Year’s Eve with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

“Each of these acts represents the finest in their genre and promises an evening to lift the spirit during the holiday season,” says Programming Director Dolly Chandler.  “Pairing a show with a visit to the shops and great eateries or just to see the Christmas lights in historic downtown Franklin is a magical experience.”

Everyone familiar with the Franklin Theatre will also enjoy favorite movie classics during the five-week Christmas Film Festival.  Partnering with print media partner Nashville Scene, classics and favorites like It’s A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street and Polar Express take on a different hue in the recently restored theater.


12/6            Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Christmas Concert
12/10 & 11 Christmas With The Celts
12/13          Sarah Darling & Friends Acoustic Christmas
12/14          Street Corner Symphony Christmas Show
12/19          Mark Schultz
12/21          Phil Vassar
12/31          Glenn Miller Orchestra – Two shows


12/3-4          A Christmas Story
12/7             Home Alone
12/7-9          Miracle On 34th Street
12/7             Love Actually
12/14-16      The Polar Express
12/15-18      White Christmas
12/17-23      Elf
12/22-23      It’s A Wonderful Life



Tickets for all shows are available by calling the box office at 615-538-2076 or online at  Many of these shows will sell out and advance reservations are encouraged.



Available in any denomination and usable for any event or concessions at the theater, Franklin Theatre has gift cards make a perfect present for the “hard to shop for.”  To purchase, please stop by the box office or call 615-538-2076.


Franklin Theatre also provides the opportunity to rent the balcony (44 seats) for private groups for movies or events when space is available. Balcony rentals include a private bar.  Make holiday plans now for a special event for social groups or your company party by calling: 615-538-2083.



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


The musical fairy tale mash-up “Into The Woods” runs October 17 through November 3 at the historic Franklin Theatre, including performances during Halloween, October 31 and downtown Franklin’s popular Pumpkinfest (October 26).

This colorful and clever convolution of fairy stories by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine debuted on Broadway in 1986 and became an instant classic, sustaining its popularity among audiences of all ages through numerous revivals and, coming Christmas Day of 2014, a Disney film adaptation.
“Into The Woods” is definitely a must see for the entire family. “There is so much to love about ‘Into The Woods’, whether you’re an adult, child, or child-at-heart,” said company Managing Director Jake Speck.

The plot intertwines story lines from classic fables and fantasies such as Little Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. It begins simply enough with the quintessential fairy tale conundrum: everybody has a wish. And, as wishes in fairy tales are wont to do–(no spoilers here)–they all come true.

Act Two, however, is the yin to the yang—the reality check to the fairy tale.
“Happily Ever After,” after all, is just a matter of when the storyteller decides to say “The End.” What if, instead of merely riding off into the sunset—literally or figuratively—the characters were to continue? “Into the Woods” explores the aftermath of living out the wishes.

“That’s the poignant and amazing part,” shares Artistic Director Matt Logan. “It poses the question, ‘How often do we really even know what we want?’

“Watching these characters from our collective cultural memory discover their own stories and pursue them past their familiar fairy tale endings is both entertaining and deeply thought-provoking.”
As visuals go, Studio Tenn’s production will borrow less from the pages of a storybook and more from the pages of a yearbook. “Stylistically, we’re taking this production in a direction that’s more ‘retro’ than ‘fantasy,’” Logan explains.

Modern and vintage pop culture references will hearken back to the good ol’ days of your youth—whensoever that may have been. “Think of the ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ aesthetic,” Logan claims. Virtually an instant cult classic among millenials, the 2004 MTV film is set in a sort of surreal mishmash of decades—some ’80s here, some ’90s there, with a smattering of ’60s and ’70s—such that the viewer doesn’t quite know when exactly the story is supposed to have taken place.

Studio Tenn’s spin on Little Red Riding Hood reminds of film darlings “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno”: lingering in that delightful limbo of adolescent awkwardness. Cinderella’s stepsisters are much like Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls;” her “ball” is more a high-school prom.

The largely local cast includes Kayce Cummings as Cinderella, Susan Swindell Day as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Granny, Laura Matula as Lucinda, Susannah Smith White as Florinda, Kim Bretton as Baker’s Wife, Emily Tello Speck as Rapunzel and Harp, Nan Gurley as the Witch, Marguerite Lowell, as Cinderella’s Mother and Giant, Patrick Waller as Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince, Matthew Carlton as Mysterious Man and Jack’s Mother, Ross Bridgeman as Rapunzel’s Prince, Brent Maddox as the Baker and Garris Wimmer as Steward, along with New York’s Marissa Rosen as Little Red Riding Hood and Joey Barreiro as Jack. And another fresh, interpretive twist, the Narrator will be played by nine-year-old Gus O’Brien.

“Seeing the story unfold through a child’s eyes reminds us how we are all shaped by our own childhood validations,” Logan said. “In the end, it’s not so much about children as it is about the child that manages to endure in each of us—in our hopes, fears, dreams, expectations and imaginings.”
Studio Tenn’s “Into the Woods” runs October 17 through November 3 at the historic Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Franklin Theatre box office at (615) 538-2076.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The McCrary Sisters will perform at the historic Franklin Theatre on Saturday, August 2 with legendary gospel quartet The Fairfield Four and GRAMMY award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’.

mcrary_560x315The McCrary Sisters, the daughters of the late Rev. Samuel McCrary — one of the original members The Fairfield Four, have performed with country music greats like Johnny Cash and Wynona Judd. The sisters’ list of recording sessions, and long association with Bobby Jones TV show spans genres and generations. They have recently added their unique blend of vocals to recording projects for blues greats Robert Randolph and Jonny Lang and with country artists Eric Church for CMT 2012 Artist of the Year Awards Show. Other performances have included the 2011 and 2012 Americana Music Festival shows as well as sessions for the hit TV show Nashville.

Tickets for The McCrary Sisters with The Fairfield Four and special guest Keb’ Mo’ are on public sale now and start as low as $28.00 for classic seating.  They can be purchased at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at or by calling 615-538-2076.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

For additional information contact:

Chelsey Reardon


Franklin Theatre Named Williamson County’s First LEED-Certified Historic Restoration Project

FRANKLIN, TENN. – The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. a silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Buildings and Major Renovations based on the building’s environmentally sustainable renovation design.  The doors of Franklin Theatre closed in 2007, only to reopen in 2011 as the community’s first LEED-certified historic restoration project in the county after an $8 million renovation led by the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart, Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce, Franklin Theatre Sustaining Partner and Heritage Foundation volunteer Emily Magid and Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.

From L – R: Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart, Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce, Franklin Theatre Sustaining Partner and Heritage Foundation volunteer Emily Magid and Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.

Hastings Architecture | greenSTUDIO worked with the Heritage Foundation to participate in the LEED certification program while restoring the Franklin Theatre.  Throughout the renovation process, 85% of construction waste was recycled.  Along with significant energy cost reduction and water use reduction, the building now features low-emitting paints, adhesives and sealants, and composite wood materials.

“The greenest building is the one that is already built. Adaptive reuse of buildings and preservation are often the best kinds of green development.”  Explained Andrew Orr, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Franklin.  “Historic preservation not only contributes to Franklin’s sense of identity and vibrancy, but it also lessens the environmental impact.”

LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that is aimed at improving building performance in the areas that matter most – energy savings, water efficiency,

and reduced CO2 emissions.  Since The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED program in 1998, it has been continually improving to better represent and incorporate developing green building technologies.

“Historic preservation is the ultimate recycling project,” says Mary Pearce, Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.  “This renovation is part of a larger effort to make our community a more environmentally friendly place.  We are beyond proud that the Franklin Theatre is our first LEED-certified historical project.”  The official LEED certification plaque is currently displayed outside the entrance of the theatre at 419 Main Street.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

For additional information contact:

Chelsey Reardon