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.”
LIVE EVENT DATES
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
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 www.franklintheatre.com. 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.