Franklin Theatre Gets Into The Spirit of Christmas

The marquee of the Franklin Theatre shines every day, but always seems to lift the spirits a little more during the Christmas season. Lights and wreaths will adorn the façade nearer to Thanksgiving, but tickets for holiday themed events inside the historic landmark are already on sale.

A variety of live concerts and classic holiday movies will again celebrate the venue’s 78-year tradition that is always a highlight for families and friends to enjoy. Among the award winning musical artists slated for December are Mandy Barnett (Dec. 5), John Scofield & Jon Cleary (Dec. 10), Melinda Dolittle (Dec. 11), Suzy Bogguss (Dec. 12), John Berry (Dec. 15), Exile (Dec. 17), Phil Vassar (Dec. 18), Asleep at the Wheel (Dec. 19), and Cab Calloway Orchestra with two shows on New Year’s Eve.

Plans are also in the works for an extra special evening (Dec. 21) of songs and stories entitled “Simply Christmas” to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Franklin Theatre also announces a lineup of holiday films such as Polar Express, Elf, Grinch, Home Alone, It’s A Wonderful Life, and White Christmas. Though many are staples on television, there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen where they originally came to life. A holiday movie on Main Street is an entirely different event when enjoyed with so many others.

“The holidays are a special time to create new memories and remember old ones with people you care about and want to enjoy special experiences with,” says executive director Dan Hays. “It’s a special time to get together and great music and the stories in film help us touch people with unique experiences. We’ve put together a calendar with the hope to get everyone in the spirit of the season.”


12/5 Mandy Barnett

12/10 John Scofield & Jon Cleary

12/11 Melinda Dolittle

12/12 Suzy Bogguss

12/15 John Berry

12/17 Exile – Chrismas CD Release Concert

12/18 Phil Vassar

12/19 Asleep at the Wheel

12/21 “Simply Christmas”

12/31 Cab Calloway Orchestra (Two Shows)


11/21-11/25 Polar Express

11/22-11/25 Love Actually

11/23-11/25, 12/12,19, 26 Elf

11/25 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

11/27-29 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

11/29-12/1 Scrooged

12/2-3 Christmas Vacation

12/3-4 Die Hard

12/5-7 Home Alone

12/8-9 It’s A Wonderful Life

12/20-25 White Christmas

12/22-26 Holiday Inn

TICKETS Tickets for all shows are available by calling the Franklin Theatre box office at 615-538-2076 or online at Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged due to holiday demand. GIFT CARDS Available in any denomination and valid for any theatre event or concessions, Franklin Theatre gift cards are available to purchase at the box office (in person) or by calling (615) 538-2076. BALCONY RENTALS

Private groups may rent the Franklin Theatre’s 44-seat balcony for movies and concerts (based on availability) by calling 615-538-2083. No additional fees are associated with balcony rentals for pre-existing events. Balcony rentals include a private bar and restrooms.