Friday, February 04, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action!

The new marquee on the Franklin Theatre is up and lit!  Franklin residents have been waiting for this day for quite some time.  Thousands showed up in historic downtown Franklin to witness the lighting of the marquee!  I can't wait until it actually opens in June. 

The new marquee is a replica from 1937 and is such a great addition to Main Street.
Here is what it used to look like based on some black and white pictures from the city's archives:

Here is what the theatre looked like prior to its renovation:

And here is the new marquee!  I think they did a great job replicating what it used to look like.

I'm so thankful to everyone who helped make this renovation possible.  Josh and I did our very small part by purchasing a "seat" at the new theatre but I wish Mary Harper had been around when we purchased it so we could have had her name put on there with ours.  But hopefully one day in about 30 years or so, she'll go back with her own children and try to find the little plaque with our names on it and point it out to them.  And the next time it needs renovating, I hope that Mary Harper (and others in her generation) will step up and lead the charge because of the fond memories they will some day have of the Franklin Theatre. But for Josh's sake (and hers), I hope she does not have a first kiss there for a LONG time!

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