Walking along Main Street in Franklin, TN, with its historic buildings, recipients of loving restorers, I fully expected to find a restored movie theater. And there it was--the Franklin Theatre. And we were fortunate enough to be able to walk through the theater
"Over the next 70 years, the world changed a lot--but the Franklin Theatre stood as a testament to a simpler way of life. But time eventually took its toll on the venerable movie house, and the doors closed in 2007 under the pressing of rising rents and the trend toward mega-theaters.
"Enter the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Rather than lose the heart of Main Street, the nonprofit preservation group stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark."
The poster below and its slogan "Home of First Kisses" seemed to me to be a creative way to gather community support for the theater's restoration.
We had spent longer in the theater than we expected, so our walk around the neighborhoods within the 16-block National Register district of antique shops and lovingly restored homes will be limited to driving around one of the neighborhoods. On our walk to our truck, we passed these two unidentified, but quite attractive, buildings--one home, one business.
The Tudor-style home began as an over-under duplex.
Note the floor-level windows in the living room.
This brick structure was built in the "Four Square" style.
The central tower is a main feature of this Queen Anne style home.