IMAX theater coming to Franklin
An IMAX sign recently went up outside the Frazier Drive multiplex in Cool Springs. Southern Contracting acquired a demolition permit last month to begin the work, and the Franklin firm’s owner and CEO Jim Berryman hopes to start construction this week.
Theatre 15 shut down before Christmas, and Berryman’s crew began tearing out the electrical soon after. Southern Contracting finished the demo work today.
Thoroughbred 20 will be Carmike’s only theater with both a Big D auditorium and IMAX. It is also Carmike’s largest theater in Tennessee.
“It’s a real big deal,” said the Franklin grandfather, who takes his grandkids to the Franklin theater. The Franklin multiplex is a popular entertainment destination, drawing families from across Williamson County and often sells out.
It took an estimated $20 million to build the Thoroughbred 20 movie theater in 1999. In late 2010, the multiplex unveiled Carmike’s new Big D auditorium with features such as a 78-foot-wide screen, more spacious leather seats a custom-built, 16-channel sound system with six 21-inch subwoofers.
Calls and emails to Carmike’s corporate office in Georgia have not been returned.
There are two other IMAX theaters in Middle Tennessee. Regal Cinemas operates an IMAX theater inside Opry Mills and at the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville.