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SCREENINGS OF ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’ SELL OUT IN LESS THAN ONE HOUR

LIMITED SEATS STILL AVAILABLE FOR OTHER MOVIES ON JUNE 3-5

Less than one hour after launching its new web site, the newly restored Franklin Theatre sold out two screenings of “Gone With The Wind” — the four-hour Hollywood epic anchoring the historic theater’s grand re-opening festivities in June.

Seats are going fast for two more classic films scheduled for the June 3-5 re-opening weekend — “Casablanca” and “Charlotte’s Web,” the last film that was shown at the 290-seat theater before its doors closed four years ago. Tickets to Franklin Theatre movies, music and merchandise can be purchased online at www.franklintheatre.com.

The Franklin Theatre, a 1937 landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, closed in 2007 but is set to premier again following a multi-million-dollar restoration. With just 36 days remaining, anticipation is building for the theater’s re-opening in the heart of Franklin’s Main Street, winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s coveted Great American Main Street Award.

“Today’s overwhelming ticket sales online signal that our fans are more than ready for the return of movies, music and romance on Main Street,” said Mary Peace, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. “We appreciate our patrons’ support and look forward to seeing them this summer at the movies.”

The Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit preservation group, owns the Franklin Theatre and spearheaded its restoration. On April 14, the foundation announced that it had selected “Gone With The Wind” to re-open the legendary theater. The 1939 film classic, starring film legends Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, won 10 Academy Awards and is the leading ‘30s film listed on the American Film Institute’s top 100 greatest films of all time.

On the Web: www.franklintheatre.com

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