Franklin Square Cinema 6

1303 U.S. Highway 127 South,
Frankfort, KY 40601

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Operated by: Republic Theatres

Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc., Jerry Lewis Cinemas, United Cinemas

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinemas, Franklin Square Twin Cinema

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Franklin Square Cinema 6

Originally planned to open in 1973 as a twin Jerry Lewis Cinemas with seating for 350 (175-seats in each auditorium). It opened on June 5, 1973 as the Franklin Square Twin Cinema, operated by United Cinema Inc. The opening moves were the animated feature “Charlotte’s Web” & Peter O'Toole in “Man of La Mancha”. In 1974 it was taken over by Chakares Theatres. It became the Franklin Square Cinema 6 in 1992. The theatre is located just three miles from Chakeres Theatres Brighton Park Twin Cinemas.

Taken over by Republic Theatres in November 1, 2013, it is being equipped with digital projection and will re-open in February 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Coate on March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Wrong again, Chuck! [Sigh…]

This theater played “Star Wars” in ‘77, so it opened at least a few years before the timeframe cited in the post above.

Coate on March 23, 2010 at 12:20 am

Don’t rely on the Internet. Use a primary source (such as original newspaper promotion) and you usually won’t go wrong.

terminator846 on June 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Originally opened as a Jerry Lewis Theater around 1973-1974 and was sold to Chakeres in the late 70s.

terminator846 on July 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm

The twin cinemas was expanded to 6-plex in 1992. The grand opening was in April of 1992. Movies during grand opening week were, Thunder Heart, The Cutting Edge, White Men Can’t Jump, Fern Gully, Ladybugs, and Beethoven. The expansion added 4 auditoriums with 156 seats in each auditorium. That same year the Starway Drive-In in Frankfort which was also owned by Chakeres was closed down.

rkfrazee on September 5, 2011 at 4:51 am

Chakeres bought Franklin Square in 1974. Originally, it was equipped with two reel-to-reel projectors for each auditorium. In 1977, a single four-deck platter was installed and two of the projectors were relocated to the new Brighton Park Cinemas on the east side of town.

terminator846 on October 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

An article in the State Journal newspaper a few days ago stated Chakeres Theaters is going to shut down Franklin Square Cinemas in January 2014. This is really sad for Frankfort. I did some research and found out that the Chakeres never upgraded the theater to digital projection. The newspaper article was about a lawsuit, but I believe the lack of digital projection is the real reason its shutting down.

rkfrazee maybe you could convince Regal to come into Frankfort and build a modern mulitplex?

MitchellBryson on January 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

Republic Theatre took this location over November 1st, 2013. It’s been converted to Barco/GDC digital projection and new sound. Theatre will be reseated starting February 2014 with mid-back seats with lift cupholders. Remodeling will be done through out the 2014 year. Address location is incorrect. Post office changed the local address to 1303 US Hwy 127 South, Frankfort, KY 40601. Republic is trying to save some of the hometown locations in small market areas.

50sSNIPES on January 22, 2024 at 4:18 pm

Actually, here’s a little story just before the theater opened its doors. Shortly before grand opening, the twin-screen theater was originally planned to open as a Jerry Lewis Cinema although it had the “Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema” name on articles of upcoming structures from pages of the State Journal of Frankfort, but it appears that the Jerry Lewis name was dropped one month before grand opening.

Instead, United Cinema Incorporated took the dough and opened the Franklin Square Twin Cinema on June 15, 1973 with “Charlotte’s Web” at Screen 1 and “Man Of La Mancha” at Screen 2. As a twin-screener, the theater originally housed 350 seats (with 175 seats in each auditorium).

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