Artcraft Theater, Franklin (Johnson)

The 1922 Artcraft Theater is just off of the courthouse square in Franklin. It originally hosted silent movies and vaudeville. It was also used by the local high school and Franklin College for plays and performances. In the 1930s-1940s the Artcraft was renovated into the Art Deco styled building it is today.

The Artcraft was in continuous use as a movie theater until 2000. Franklin Heritage purchased the Artcraft in early 2004 and plans to restore the theater for movies and live performances, including the orchestra pit. Upon completion, Franklin Heritage will move their offices into the Artcraft and resume their “Classic Cinema on a Classic Screen” film series.

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Artcraft Theater

Artcraft Theater

Modern front facade of the Artcraft Theater. Image courtesy of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology | Source: Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology View File Details Page

Street Address:

53 N Main St
Franklin, IN 46131
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Official Website:

http://www.historicartcrafttheatre.org/

Cite this Page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology , “Artcraft Theater, Franklin (Johnson),” Discover Indiana, accessed May 24, 2017, http://indyhist.iupui.edu/items/show/172.

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