The Franklin Theatre | Where a Show is Only the Beginning

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Holiday Movies Are Here!

All Month Long!

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Nov. 29-30

Levi Kreis

Home for the Holidays Tour | Dec. 1

Lori Mechem Quartet

Tribute to "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

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Live Performances

December 1st 8:00 PM

Levi Kreis

December 2nd 8:00 PM

Glenn Miller Orchestra

December 3rd 2:00 PM

A Jars of Clay Family Christmas

December 4th 7:00 PM

Tribute to "A Charlie Brown Christmas": The Lori Mechem Quartet

December 5th 6:30 PM

Operation Song

December 7th 7:00 PM

Dailey and Vincent: All I Want For Christmas Is Y'all

December 9th 8:00 PM

A Family Christmas with Louis York & The Shindellas

December 10th 7:00 PM

Studio Tenn Presents: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

December 14th 8:00 PM

Christmas with Veritas

December 15th 8:00 PM

Beth Nielsen Chapman

December 16th 8:00 PM

Melinda Doolittle

December 17th 3:00 PM

Christmas with the King: A Holiday Tribute to Elvis

December 20th 8:00 PM

Street Corner Symphony

December 23rd 8:00 PM

The Gatlin Brothers: Country & Christmas

December 31st 8:00 PM

A Matt Logan Production: New Year's Eve Concert

January 13th 5:00 PM

Act Too: School House Rock Jr.

January 14th 4:00 PM

Act Too: Shrek, Jr.

January 15th 5:00 PM

Act Too: Junie B Jones

January 19th 8:00 PM

Bridges and Backroads

January 21st 2:00 PM

Act Too: Cinderella

January 21st 7:00 PM

Act Too: RENT High School Edition

January 23rd 7:00 PM

Frankie Foti & Illuminadi

January 28th 6:30 PM

Backlight Productions: Singin' in the Rain

February 2nd 8:00 PM

The Establishment

February 6th 8:00 PM

Anthony Nunziata: Love Songs from Broadway & Beyond

February 11th 8:00 PM

David Cook

February 13th 7:00 PM

Mark O'Connor

February 17th 8:00 PM

Forever Abbey Road

February 18th 8:00 PM

Mountain Heart

March 6th 7:00 PM

Jeffrey Steele and Friends

March 8th 8:00 PM

Martin Sexton

March 10th 8:30 PM

New Found Glory

March 17th 8:00 PM

Eireann, A Taste of Ireland

March 24th 8:00 PM

Radney Foster

April 6th 8:00 PM

Philip Daniel

April 15th 2:00 PM

Puppy Pals

April 19th 8:00 PM

Croce Plays Croce

May 17th 7:00 PM

Studio Tenn: Here You Come Again


December 6th 2:30 PM

The Last Holiday (2006)

December 8th 7:00 PM

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (PG-13)

December 10th 10:00 AM

Elf (PG)

December 10th 2:30 PM

It's Christmas Again

December 12th 2:30 PM

This Christmas (2007)

December 13th 10:00 AM

A Christmas Story (PG)

December 13th 7:00 PM

Movie Gang Presents: The Gremlins(1984)

December 19th 10:00 AM

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)

December 20th 10:00 AM

It's A Wonderful Life (PG)

December 21st 10:00 AM

The Polar Express (G)

December 21st 2:30 PM

White Christmas (1954)

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Where A Show Is Only The Beginning

Attracting thousands of guests every year, The Franklin Theatre actively contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of Williamson County. Its dramatic history began in 1937 with the movie "Night Must Fall". Yet over time, it gradually fell into disrepair and closed in 1989. Through an outcry of community support, it was acquired, renovated, and reopened in 2011 by the Heritage Foundation as an Art Deco-inspired, intimate 300-seat, nonprofit venue that hosts concerts, theatre, cinema, and community events... each an unmatched live experience that creates a lasting impact on and off the stage.

Experience the 10th Anniversary Documentary!

Host Your Event or Put Your Name in Lights - The theatre and the marquee are available to rent.

About The Franklin Theatre

Our enduring romance with The Franklin Theatre began in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street and invited Middle Tennesseans to buy a ticket to laugh, cry and dream. Inside the theatre walls, moviegoers enjoyed fresh popcorn, afternoon matinees and first kisses. They walked away with a lifetime of memories.

Over the next 70 years, the world changed a lot - but The Franklin Theatre stood as a testament to a simpler way of life. Yet time eventually took its toll on the venerable movie house, and the doors closed in 2007 under the pressing of rising rents and the trend toward mega-theatres.

Discover the whole story of how it was saved and re-emerged as an Art Deco-inspired gem responsible for cultural and economic vitality in the region.

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