Sewage backs up into basement of Artcraft Theatre

Sewage in the basement of a Franklin theater put a sold-out event in jeopardy, but in the end the show went on.

Sewage backed up into the basement of the Artcraft Theatre earlier this month. The sewage backup did not cause any shows to be canceled, but the mess led to several hours of cleanup work and the destruction of old boxes and cardboard cutouts, said Rob Shilts, director of Franklin Heritage, the group that purchased the theater in 2004 and has been working to restore the facility.

Shilts walked into the basement of the Artcraft, off Main Street in downtown Franklin, on June 2 and found a pungent, disgusting site: a few inches of raw sewage covered the floor.

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