Franklin Theatre

1The Polar Express – Rated (G)

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Showtimes – Thursday, Dec. 26, 10 a, Monday, Dec. 30 10 a.

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2ELF – Rated (PG)

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Showtimes – Thursday, Dec. 26, 4 p, and Sunday, Dec. 29 7 p.

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3Love Actually – Rated (R)

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

Showtimes – Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7 p, Thursday, Jan. 2, 1:30 p, Friday, Jan. 3, 7 p.

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4How the Grinch Stole Christmas -Rated (PG)

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

Showtimes –  Tuesday, Dec. 10 4 p, Saturday, Dec. 14 10 a, and Monday, Dec. 30 1 p. Buy tickets online here. 

5Its a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey is facing troubled times and jumps off a bridge but his guardian angel Clarence saves George. Clarence grants George’s wish to see what life would be like if he’d never been born. After begging Clarence to live again, he is greeted by an old friend Bert and at home, he finds the community has come together to save the family business.

Showtimes – Monday, Dec.16, 7p, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7p, Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 p, Monday, Dec. 23, 7 p, Saturday, Dec. 28 10 a, Sunday Dec. 29, 1p.

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6A Christmas Story (PG)


In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Showtimes – TuesdayDec. 10 7 p, MondayDec. 30 10 a,MondayDec.  30 4 p. 

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7White Christmas (1954)

Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

Showtimes– Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 p, Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a, Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p, Monday, Dec. 23, 4 p, Thursday, Dec. 26, 1 p.

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8Scrooge (G)

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Showtimes-Monday, Dec. 16, 4 p, Monday, Dec. 23, 1 p, Sunday, Dec. 29, 4 p.

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9Holiday Inn (1942)

This showing is part of their Silver Matinee series, as we invite the senior community to come out and enjoy an afternoon in Downtown Franklin (though, all are welcome!).

In this Irving Berlin musical, Jim (Bing Crosby) and Lila are members of a performing trio who plan to quit and run a country hotel. When Lila says she has fallen in love with the dancer in the act, Ted (Fred Astaire), Jim leaves town with a broken heart. After turning the inn into a holidays-only live entertainment venue, Jim winds up booking — and falling for — Linda (Marjorie Reynolds). But when Ted shows up at the place after being dumped by Lila, he too sets his sights on beautiful Linda.

Showtime- Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2 p

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