Timeline

The Franklin Theatre opens on Main Street with the film Night Must Fall, starring Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. Admission is 10 cents for children and 25 cents for adults.

The Franklin Theatre becomes the community’s first air-conditioned building and houses the first public restrooms – making it a welcome respite for ladies doing their weekly shopping.

Franklin’s aldermen vote 5-2 in favor of showing Sunday movies, with theater manager Herbert Bowen (a well-known stickler for the rules) promising not to operate during church hours.

The Franklin Theatre’s marquee is taken down and replaced with a “modern” façade, and its name is changed to the Franklin Cinema.

Friday Night Lights, starring Williamson County resident Tim McGraw, has its world premiere at the Franklin Cinema.

Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, has its world premiere at the Franklin Cinema.

Despite much community support, the Franklin Cinema closes its doors and shows its last films: Charlotte’s Web and Night at the Museum.

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County launches the Save the Franklin Theatre campaign and begins fundraising and planning to restore the historic landmark.

The Franklin Theatre reopens in grand fashion on June 3 and immediately becomes the heartbeat of a thriving Main Street.

Hosting over 500 events, a new reputation emerges for presenting award winning music talent, extraordinary live theater and as a resource for charitable causes.