Just outside Cool Springs, Main Street in Downtown Franklin will close at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 29, from Fourth Avenue to Five Points for the Franklin Theatre marquee lighting ceremony.
Starting at 4 p.m., many of the businesses in the block with the Franklin Theatre at 419 Main Street are participating in the celebration.
The Heritage Foundation’s Next Generation group of members, who are members ages 21-40, are underwriting $100,000 of the cost of the marquee. Their members will be helping to pour the champagne in the shops and handing out free popcorn on Main Street for the lighting ceremony. The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County has raised more than $6 million in private donations to purchase and restore the theater.
Among the shops in the 400 block that are serving a champagne toast inside the stores from 4 to 5 p.m. are: Avec Moi, Bathos, Bob Parks Realty, Bink’s Outfitters, Dion’s Salon, The Heirloom Shop, Serendipity Skincare, Shoppes on Main, Vue Optique, Walton’s Estate Jewelry, Whats-In-Store and Yarrow Acres.
Participants will be asked to enjoy their champagne toasts inside the stores and not on the street to comply with the law. Children are invited to enjoy the celebration with special refreshments for them at Main Street Toys.
Downtown restaurants and bars are also celebrating the return of the marquee on Main with drink and dinner specials this Saturday: McCreary’s Irish Pub from 3 to 6 p.m. will have 2-for-1 draught beer and $2 off house wine.
55 South and the Red Pony have created a Marquee Martini (mandarin vodka, St. Germaine liqueur, Chambourd and a splash of champagne) for $9.50 with some proceeds Friday and Saturday going to the theater.
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant: Buy one cocktail, get one at a 1937 price. This includes the Marquee Martini, the Main Street Manhattan, Old Fashioneds, and Champagne Cocktails. Puckett’s also has a dinner special for the occasion.
Mellow Mushroom will have red hot Fireball cinnamon shots from 4 to 6 p.m. for $3.
A brief ceremony starts at 5 p.m. in front of the Franklin Theatre at 419 Main Street, then the lights come on. Main Street will reopen to vehicle traffic shortly after the lighting.
The Franklin Theatre is expected to be open for business in late spring or early summer 2011. It will show movies every week and will be a venue for music and events.
Major donors of the Downtown Franklin Theatre project include Cal Turner, Emily Magid and Charlie Martin.