Franklin is a city in Tennessee, just a few miles south of Nashville, that has recently seen a lot of successful revitalization and development. There are two main areas of interest: One is the Cool Springs area, which is identified by its corporate and retail growth surrounding one of the largest malls in the Southeast, the CoolSprings Galleria. The other is historic downtown Franklin  which retains much of its small town charm. It is a walkable, friendly historic downtown district, recognized as a Great American Main Street.
The south end of Main Street, sometimes referred to as Five Points, is joined by Highways 431 (Lewisberg Pike) and 31 (Columbia Pike) from the South, and Hillsboro Road and Franklin Road from Nashville. Franklin Road turns into Main Street in downtown. If traveling from interstate 65, take exit 68, Cool Springs Blvd. and head west until it dead ends into Mack Hatcher. Turn right, then the first left which is Franklin Road. This will bring you past The Factory at Franklin and into the public square in downtown Franklin. If you want more information when you arrive, there is a visitor center on Main Street in a tiny, historic building called McPhail, across from Baskin Robbins .
Downtown Franklin can easily be explored by foot. Main Street is the primary location for store fronts, but the various side streets also offer shopping and dining.
Although the Franklin Theatre's future is uncertain at the moment, efforts are being made to transform it into the theater of old, making it a multi-use venue for movies, live entertainment and a variety of events. .