Board denies Artcraft funding request

A historic theater in downtown Franklin is trying to bring in more live shows and is seeking tax dollars to help pay for upgrades to the stage and dressing rooms.

The Artcraft Theatre hosted 35,000 people last year for movie nights and events, but the improvements would allow the theater to host more live shows during the week. A vaudeville show already has been booked for March, and others are scheduled starting in June, Franklin Heritage director Rob Shilts said.

The Franklin Redevelopment denied a request for $100,000 in tax-increment financing dollars toward those projects this week because the non-profit group already had another pending grant. Franklin Heritage hasn’t collected any of the $100,000 in tax dollars promised by the Franklin Development Corp. last year. Franklin Heritage has to raise $200,000 to get the full $100,000 grant.

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