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Evan Freeze Promoted to Operations Manager

FRANKLIN, TN. – The Franklin Theatre is proud to name Evan Freeze as its new Operations Manager.  Freeze will be responsible for relations with visitors and attendees of theatre events by supervising and further developing the theatre’s concessions and box office staff as well as coordinating volunteers.  He will also coordinate with organizations and companies renting the theater for special events and meetings. Freeze is a Franklin native and has been with the theater since it’s re-opening in July of 2011.

“I was beyond excited to join the Franklin Theatre team before the grand re-opening,” says Freeze.  “I remember coming to the theatre with my parents to see movies as a child and I was thrilled to see the community come together to save it.  It’s such a vital and integral part of the character of Downtown Franklin. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to continue work for the theatre and this community on an even deeper level.”

“Evan’s passion and commitment fits perfectly into our leadership team and we’re delighted to see talents grow and get promoted within our own family,” explains Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.

Freeze will be graduating from Belmont University’s business program in May 2014.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public in June 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.  More information is available online at

For further information please contact:

Chelsey Reardon






FRANKLIN, Tenn.—The Franklin Theatre will help spread Easter cheer a day early this year. The historic event venue will host its first “Eggs-travaganza” on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The children’s event will include a screening of the animated movie Hop and a chance to win a brand-new bicycle from Mac’s Harpeth Bikes in Franklin.hot_movie_poster1

The Theatre, whose marquee first illuminated Main Street in 1937, said it focuses on children-oriented events each year in order to give back to its community supporters.

“We enjoy these opportunities to engage with both the children and their families, because it means we’re making memories with them,” said Chelsey Reardon, marketing and communications manager. “The Theatre is nostalgic for many people, and we hope that events like these will help maintain the sentimental value of this place.”

The Easter-themed film will begin at 10 a.m., and doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Each child will be given an Easter egg upon entrance, one that contains a number that may lead to a potential door prize. The big giveaway will be a children’s bicycle, valued at $260 and donated by Mac’s Harpeth Bikes, the family-owned bicycle boutique just north of downtown Franklin.

Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, said that cash giveaways and other incentives have long been a tradition at the Franklin Theatre.

“These fun events entice ticket sales and keep folks coming back, and the Theatre’s been doing it dating back to the early years and continuing for decades,” she said. “We are so grateful to small businesses that really look for ways to contribute to the community. Merchants like Mac help make Franklin special.”

The young attendees will have opportunities to win a bundle of remaining gifts throughout the morning, including $10 bills and baskets full of holiday goods. In addition to the children’s comedy movie, there will be a life-size bunny and “helpers” in attendance to take photos.

As always, movie tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Theatre box office or online at

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For further information please contact:

Macey Baird
Sheridan Public Relations LLC, 615.472.8879

Chelsey Reardon
Franklin Theatre Marketing & Public Relations, 615.538.2079


FRANKLIN, Tenn. — CMA-nominated artist Michael Martin Murphey will bring country music at it’s finest to the historic FranklinTheatre on March 30. Murphey is using this current tour to promote his most recent album Tall Grass and Cool Water.


With six gold records to his name, Murphey is a world-class act and well-respected songwriter and performer in the music world. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Lyle Lovett, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

Throughout his career, Murphey’s work has gained recognition from iconic music corporations. BMI awarded his hit single “Wildfire” for its airplay after it reached a startling four million plays on radio and television.

A five-time winner of the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Murphey has also been nominated for three CMA awards as well as a Grammy Award. He and his music have appeared on PBS/RFD-TV hit series America’s Heartland, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Austin City Limits, CMT and TNN.

Also proving himself to be a passionate activist, the Texas native has been recognized for his conservation efforts with the Golden Smokey Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. National Parks Service and the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets are on public sale now and start as low as $33.00 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.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nine-time Grammy award-winning artist and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow gained full advantage from her academic, athletic and social experiences as a student to eventually become a teacher before embarking on a creative career that would bring her international acclaim.  Thus, she has a special heart for the importance an educational setting and the community that surrounds it can have on young people.Sheryl Crow
In support of New Hope Academy, a unique non-profit school in Franklin, Tennessee, she will devote three very intimate performances to raising awareness and financial resources to sustain their mission.

“New Hope Academy has impressed my family with their dedication to three commitments:  the promise of an excellent, classical education; their mission to the underprivileged; and the belief in connected, purposeful community,” explained Crow.  “These shows are one way I can contribute to that mission and, combined with the generosity of patrons we look forward to seeing at the shows, help foster their success.”
The performances are slated for April 19, 20 and 21, 2013 and will be hosted at the recently restored and historic Franklin Theatre which has quickly gained a reputation for world-class live performances in its intimate 300 seat listening-room environment.

“We are humbled by Ms. Crow’s generosity,” said Stuart Tutler, New Hope Academy Headmaster.  “Concert proceeds will go directly to our scholarship fund, which enables children of all socio-economic levels to experience a quality education at New Hope Academy.  We reserve 40-50% of our seats for low-income children and provide scholarships to those students.  In ways both large and small, when community leaders get involved they help instill, by example, the longstanding importance of a quality education.”

Since the release of her seven-times Platinum, Grammy award-winning debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. She has also been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys, her most recent for 2008’s critically acclaimed Detours.

Crow launched her very own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor, has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide. Her new single, “Easy” is off her forthcoming Warner Music Nashville release out later this year.

Tickets ($125 classic seating to $1,500 for VIP cabaret tables of 4 seats) will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, February 26 at 10 AM Central and are available at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at or by calling 615-538-2076.


For additional information contact:

Tree Paine
Warner Music Nashville, 615-214-1500

Jennifer Beck
New Hope Academy Development Assistant, 615-595-0324 x223

Chelsey Reardon
Franklin Theatre Marketing & Public Relations, 615-538-2079


(Left) Dan Hays with Franklin Theatre and (right) Matt Gonring with Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

Franklin, TN:  Jackson National Life Insurance® (Jackson®) recently renewed its relationship with the historic Franklin Theatre as presenting sponsor.  The arrangements involve a three-year investment to support the high quality of programming the venue has become known for since reopening in 2011 after extensive renovations.

The theater expects to host more than 70,000 guests at 600 events in 2013 including world-class music concerts, Broadway caliber live theater, movies and a wide variety of educational, social and charity events.  Since reopening, more than $600,000.00 has also been raised through events in the space for important charitable causes in the community.  As a result of Jackson’s support, many local nonprofits serving youth and elderly in the community have had the opportunity to raise funds at this unique and historical venue.

“We’re proud to take a leadership role in supporting such a renowned landmark on Franklin’s historic Main Street and to play a role in the revitalization of the downtown Franklin area,” says Jackson President and CEO Mike Wells.  “Since expanding Jackson’s operations to Franklin, we have built a robust charitable program that focuses on enriching the communities where our associates live and work.  The Franklin Theatre is a unique venue for Jackson to host corporate and community events, and the outstanding entertainment that the theater attracts helps to drive tourism for the entire region.”

“As our presenting sponsor, Jackson leads a premier group of annual supporters investing in a level of programming that inspires, challenges and moves us,” adds Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.  “They are an ideal partner, wonderful neighbors and we are honored by their generosity and leadership.”

The reinvention of the Franklin Theatre adds to a growing entertainment reputation for the area.  With an already thriving shopping and dining scene, the charms of the historic downtown area now include several music venues including Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, the Franklin Mercantile, the Bunganut Pig and others.  Grey’s on Main, a new restaurant opening this winter, will also host regular music performances.

“This relationship is important because the theatre is a unique cultural and economic development asset for Franklin and the rest of Williamson County,” explained Matt Largen, president of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s former economic development director.  “Jackson Life has become the perfect model of corporate responsibility in Williamson County through all of it’s partnerships, including this one with the Franklin Theatre.”

Historic theaters routinely require donated funds and sponsor relationships to sustain programming and the Franklin Theatre has embarked on an annual campaign to raise approximately $300,000.00 to support those purposes.  Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact the Theatre to explore options.

Jackson National Life Insurance is a leading provider of retirement solutions with assets of nearly $130 billion and more than 4,000 employees nationwide.  The company is one of North America’s leading variable and fixed annuity writers.  Headquartered in Lansing, Mich., Jackson opened its Franklin regional headquarters in the spring of 2010.  Since then, the organization has expanded its Franklin branch to incorporate a new Information Technology (IT) center.  The Franklin office now employs nearly 400 associates, and continues to recruit for top talent.

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public in June 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.  More information is available online at


For further information please contact:

Chelsey Reardon