The Franklin Theatre was a 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 until he was recruited to the Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Company as a safety engineer in the early 1920s. Management was then turned over to Joseph Andrews.
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