Saturday, January 29, 2011
Lighting of the Franklin Theatre Marquee
The now historic Franklin Theatre was built in 1937.
The Heritage Foundation has been working since 2007 with millions in donations, planning the restoration and reopening of the Theatre. We were told the Grand Opening will be June 3rd, 2011 and it will be the very first LEED-certified restoration in the city of Franklin. The theatre will be able to hold 400 people, and will also be used for live music and special events. (click on pictures to enlarge)
The lighting of the marquee took place tonight with thousands of onlookers cheering the countdown. The last time it was lit was over 40 years ago. Merchants served chamgapne and dressed in 30's attire.
Kay from Serendipity Skincare was all set for the event in her finger curls and pearls.
Aww, the vintage and the modern. =P
Me in front of the Theatre. A gracious customer from the Bank I work at took this picture after I flagged him down. I, very excited to dress up. Old guy and Abercrombie teen...not so much. Though one of them could had been there for the first marquee ceremony and deemed this no big deal.
The New sign created by Joslin and Son Signs, took over 3 months to create and features blown glass neon.
It weighs just under 4 tons and was installed by two cranes 10 days before the lighting.
Donations are still needed to complete the Theatre. You can find out more on their website.