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The Artcraft Theatre
Artcraft Theatre is located in Indiana
Artcraft Theatre
Artcraft Theatre
Location in Indiana
Address 57 N. Main St
Franklin, Indiana
United States
Coordinates 39°28′52″N 86°03′18″W / 39.481161°N 86.055017°W / 39.481161; -86.055017
Owner Franklin Heritage, Inc.
Type Movie theater
Current use Movie theater and concert venue
Opened 1922
Closed 1972
Years active 1925 - 1972
Architect John Eberson

The Historic Artcraft Theatre is a movie theater in Franklin, Indiana in the United States. The theater operated continuously for 75 years before closing. Today, the theater shows classic movies and hosts concerts.


It was built in 1922 on November 1, in an Art Deco style, and was used for Vaudeville and silent movies. The theater was one of the first in the area to feature cool air when it installed a swamp cooler. It served as a full-time movie theater until 2000. The theatre operated continuously for 75 years before closing due to the popularity of multiplex theaters.


The building includes a full stage and orchestra pit originally intended for Vaudeville performances. The theater was purchased by Trueman Rembusch, who facilitated the theaters first renovation in 1936. In 1948, it underwent a second renovation in the Art Deco style.


Today, the theater is owned and operated by the non-profit, Franklin Heritage, Inc. (FHI). FHI purchased the building in 2004 and launched a $500,000 campaign to renovate the building. In 2006, FHI received a state historic preservation grant towards the restoration of the theater. The theater hosts bi-weekly movie showings of classic films. Films shown at the theater include The African Queen, Father of the Bride, Ben-Hur, and American Graffiti. In 2015, the theater was chosen as one of the "4 Favorite Restored Small-Town Cinemas" by Midwest Living.

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