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Downtown Franklin Theatre Marquee Lighting

Downtown Franklin Theatre

Downtown Franklin Theatre

It has been more than 40 years since the Downtown Franklin Theatre’s marquee, just outside Cool Springs, has lit up 419 Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin, and on Jan. 29, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., the marquee will once again shine at this National Register property.

The Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation, comprised of 21-40 year old Heritage Foundation members, has made a $100,000 pledge to fund the replica of the original 1937 Franklin Theatre Marquee.

In honor of this special occasion, the Next Generation Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a “Champagne and Shopping Hour” beginning at 4 p.m. in many of the shops on Main Street. Participating shops include Avec Moi, Bathos, Bob Parks Realty, Bink’s Outfitters, Dion’s, Franklin Tea, The Heirloom Shop, Serendipity Skincare, VueOptique, Whats-In-Store, Yarrow Acres, and many more!

At 5 p.m., the ceremony will begin on the street in front of the Theatre.  Main Street will be closed for the event beginning at 4 p.m., and parking will be available in Downtown Franklin’s two free parking lots located at 2nd Avenue South and 4th Avenue South.  Don’t miss this moment in Franklin history!

The Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.  The organization purchased the Franklin Theatre in 2007 in order to restore and preserve it and will show movies, host live performances and events.  The Franklin Theatre is expected to open in late spring 2011.