1st Franklin Theater, 1916. CC BY 2.0 by CharmaineZoe's Marvelous Melange

There were two Franklin Theaters: the 1st at 1428 Franklin Street, which was built in 1914 by architect Chester H. Miller. The first Franklin Theater was built for silent films and had a Kimball organ flanking the screen. This theater was demolished in 1928 when 15th Street was extended past Franklin Street.

The second Franklin Theater (1518 Franklin) opened in 1916 as the Bishop Theatre, became the Fulton Playhouse in 1918 and then became the Franklin Theatre. The Theater became the Telenews Theater in 1941, and the Franklin Theatre again in 1943. It closed in 1953 (?). The building was designed by architect Henry H. Meyers.

After being demolished, the site was a parking lot. It is now the AC Transit headquarters.

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