The Franklin Theatre was a Vaudeville theater and cinema located at 1819 Avenue E in Ensley. It and the nearby Belle Theatre were constructed together in the early 1900s by Joe Steed. Dan McEachern managed both houses. Steed experimented in 1909 with improved curtains for exhibiting "picture films".
During Andrew's tenure daytime films were accompanied by his daughter operating the theater organ, player piano or Victrola. Evening features were accompanied by a big band, often J. D. McCorie's ensemble. In 1926 the Franklin hosted the world premiere of the feature film Men of Steel, which was filmed in Ensley.
- Prince, A. G. (1982) Landmarks of Ensley: Past and Present. revised edition. Ensley: Best Printing Service