June 21, 2011

VUMC's Cyril Stewart Has Major Role in Reviving Franklin Theatre

Cyril Stewart is a guy who appreciates old theaters.

“My wife and I had our first date at the Belle Meade Theater,” he says, referring to the gone-but-still-lamented movie palace on Harding Road in Nashville. “She was 15, I was 16.”

Later, when he was studying architecture at the University of Tennessee, he was involved in the restoration of a downtown Knoxville historic theater, the Bijou, a restoration which saved the beautiful old building for use as a theater.

Now Stewart, director of Facility Planning for VUMC, is involved in bringing another Depression-era movie house back to life, this time the Franklin Theatre on Main Street in Franklin, Tenn.

Read the whole story from the June online-only House Organ here.