Commemorative Tickets Available for a Limited Time
FRANKLIN, TN…….The Save The Franklin Theatre effort has just put theatre tickets, valid until 2011, up for grabs for holiday purchases; four tickets are $30 and they will be valid for viewing any film once the Theatre reopens, according to David Garrett, president of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County’s Board of Directors.
“These are just great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Selling the tickets will help us reach our goal of meeting the $1.5 million challenge grant offered us by the Martin Foundation by December 31, 2008,” he said.
Birdsong Creative, an award-winning, Franklin-based design studio, has designed historic themed tickets for this promotion; they will be valid for seeing one film, one time anytime between the Theatre’s reopening and the end of 2011.
“Whether you decide to use the ticket for the movies or frame it for a keepsake, four tickets for $30 is an affordable and fun way to support the project,” says Garrett.
“For $30, you can help save this marvelous Main Street landmark—and enjoy great entertainment. The renovated facility will be a 400-seat state-of-the-art multiple use center. We’ll have live productions as well as be a movie house,” Garrett said.
The Franklin Theatre opened on Main Street in 1937 and operated as a movie house until January 2007 when rising rent costs and the mega-theaters phenomenon forced its closure. The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County stepped in to reclaim and save it in October 2007.
“The Theatre is a priceless treasure; the community has been so generous in stepping up to the plate to help us save this piece of history. We envision these tickets will be hot commodities for holiday purchases—–and those who do buy them are buying more than a trip to the movies; they’re buying a piece of reclaimed history,” Garrett said.
Heritage Foundation executive director Mary Pearce says she and the Board are still looking for major donors to help meet the Martin Foundation’s $1.5 million challenge grant that expires Dec. 31, 2008.
“We feel like additional supporters will come through for us to help us meet this critical grant challenge by the end of this year,” she said.
The tickets are available at all Williamson County First Tennessee Financial Centers, the Heritage Foundation office located in the Historic Post Office building at Main and Fifth, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be sold at Dickens of a Christmas street festival in Historic Downtown Franklin on December 13 and 14. They’re available online both at
www.savethefranklintheatre.org, or at www.FranklinIs.com.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Save The Franklin Theatre effort may call Damon Rogers at 615.591.8500, Ext. 11.
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