Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

The parking lot at Town Hall will transform into an outdoor movie theatre on Friday night for the first free movie sponsored by the Town of Franklin.

Earlier this month, the town of Franklin approved a partnership with Ruby Cinemas to launch a summer outdoor movie series on Main Street in the town hall parking lot. The event will be free to the public and will feature family-friendly movies selected by town officials. The first movie will feature the Disney flick, “Moana.”

The Disney movie tells the story of an adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

The partnership will cost the town of Franklin $500 a month, which includes funding for the movie rights, and for Ruby Cinemas staff to handle all of the logistics of setting up and hosting the event. While the movie is free to the public, Ruby Cinemas will have concessions available for purchase.

Town manager Summer Woodard proposed holding the movie in the town hall parking lot, which she says lends itself as a natural amphitheater of sorts. The movie will be in the back corner of the town hall parking lot.

The movies will be offered the first Friday of each month from May through October. This year, the town plans to host the movies in September and October, and as long as interest continues, the town will plan to hold a full season of movies next summer.

The movie begins at 8:15 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the viewing.