The Franklin Theatre will help spread Easter cheer a day early this year. The historic event venue will host its first “Eggs-travaganza” on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The children’s event will include a screening of the animated movie Hop and a chance to win a brand-new bicycle from Mac’s Harpeth Bikes in Franklin.

The Theatre, whose marquee first illuminated Main Street in 1937, said it focuses on children-oriented events each year in order to give back to its community supporters.

“We enjoy these opportunities to engage with both the children and their families, because it means we’re making memories with them,” said Chelsey Reardon, marketing and communications manager. “The Theatre is nostalgic for many people, and we hope that events like these will help maintain the sentimental value of this place.”

The Easter-themed film will begin at 10 a.m., and doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Each child will be given an Easter egg upon entrance, one that contains a number that may lead to a potential door prize. The big giveaway will be a children’s bicycle, valued at $260 and donated by Mac’s Harpeth Bikes, the family-owned bicycle boutique just north of downtown Franklin.

Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, said that cash giveaways and other incentives have long been a tradition at the Franklin Theatre.

“These fun events entice ticket sales and keep folks coming back, and the Theatre’s been doing it dating back to the early years and continuing for decades,” she said. “We are so grateful to small businesses that really look for ways to contribute to the community. Merchants like Mac help make Franklin special.”

The young attendees will have opportunities to win a bundle of remaining gifts throughout the morning, including $10 bills and baskets full of holiday goods. In addition to the children’s comedy movie, there will be a life-size bunny and “helpers” in attendance to take photos.

As always, movie tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Theatre box office or online at

Who: Franklin Theatre

What: “Eggs-travaganza” featuring the movie Hop

When: Saturday, March 30
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; Hop the movie begins at 10 a.m.

Where: 419 Main Street

Cost: $5