The 12t​h​ Annual Frankfort Film Festival, presented by State Savings Bank, is set to roll October 15–18, 2020.

As with all things 2020, the festival will look a bit different this year. Eight films will be showing with each film screening twice. Films will also be available to stream from home through various sites. ​The Garden Theater Facebook page​ will be updated throughout the festival so those viewing at home know what’s happening at the theater. Fun bonus: Nashville’s ​Whiskey Wolves of the West​ have pre-recorded a musical performance to introduce each film so make sure to tune in!

Safety First!​ All recommended safety protocols are being followed. Seating capacity in the theater will be limited to 25% (approximately 65 seats), available seats will be spread throughout the theater, masks are required and hand sanitizer stations will be available upon entry to the theater. Many thanks to Lisa Musgrave, DDS who has graciously donated an air purification system that will run continuously during the festival, as well as a disinfectant fogger that will be used between shows. Of course, we ask that anyone not feeling well, please stay home and enjoy the films in the comfort of your living room.

Tickets to this year’s festival films are available for advance purchase at​.

Streaming links will be unveiled Thursday, October 15 on ​The Garden Theater’s website​.

Since the Frankfort Film Festival and The Garden Theater are all about building community, we know that the conversations between films will be missed. We encourage everyone to engage and hope that, as you watch the movies, you’ll post your thoughts and reviews (but not spoilers) on ​The Garden Theater’s Facebook page​. We’ll miss seeing a full theater of friendly faces but are happy to do what we can to keep the show going.

Speaking of keeping the show going … As announced at last year’s film festival, The Garden Theater is in need of major structural repairs to keep it going for the next 100 years. The response of support has been outstanding, and we are about halfway to fulfilling our $2 million capital campaign. However, to make the repairs this winter while theater usage is limited, we need your help to raise the rest.

The Garden Theater is so much more than just a place for movies. It’s a community-driven gathering space and the setting for generations of fond memories. In addition to enjoying the Frankfort Film Festival with us, we hope you will consider making a donation to ​Keep the Garden Growing​ for the next 100 years! For more information on the needs of the Garden and to make a donation, please visit the ​Friends of the Garden Theater​.

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Photo(s) by Mae Stier