Historic theater reopening in Franklin

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The historic Franklin Theatre, built in 1937, will have its grand reopening Friday with a 1930s-themed celebration.

The downtown movie house is reopening to the public following a four-year, multimillion-dollar restoration. The 300-seat venue will continue its tradition of showing current and classic movies and will expand its offerings to include concerts and plays.

Friday night there will be a screening of the 1939 classic "Gone With the Wind." There will be an encore screening Saturday, and two showings of "Casablanca" on Sunday.

The venue, just south of Nashville, fell into disrepair and closed in 2007, but the Heritage Foundation bought it and helped raise funds to restore and preserve it.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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