one of the last great surviving movie houses of the south, the franklin theater closed its doors in 2007 after 70 years in business. the heritage foundation of franklin eventually purchased and has now renovated the 290-seat venue with state of the art sound and lighting. they will celebrate the grand re-opening on friday, june 3. the street gala will feature outdoor screenings of classic movies and a VIP event for the opening day.
ticket sales have been tremendous, a sign the community is ready to have the theater back. two screenings of gone with the wind sold out within an hour on the website when they went on sale last thursday. in addition to current-run movies like the king’s speech this summer, they will host musical performances including vince gill and amy grant on june 7 and keb mo’ on june 11.
also, the theater announced yesterday they have partnered with studio tenn as their resident live theater company. on the books for the 2011-2012 season are three productions: guys and dolls, a christmas carol and the miracle worker. season tickets are available online for 20% off retail price until july 1.