This building was already mentioned in 1824 under the name “Brasserie Fayon”. Bought by the Bodson brothers in 1881, it was sold on to the young co-operative “le Progrès” in 1898, and expanded. The house and the factory were separated in 1911. The brewery was bought by Mr Foncin, notary and liberal burgomaster of Virton, who decided to transform the premises into a modern performance hall, theater and cinema. Word has it that Mr Foncin was related to one of the secretaries of king Albert I who knew the architect of the “Théâtre de la Monnaie” in Brussels. The latter accepted to draw the plans, or at least influenced the design. The hall was named “Cercle Franklin” as a tribute to the recent harnessing of electricity. It was inaugurated with a first theatrical performance in 1913. From 1929 to 1976 the Franklin was primarily used as a cinema. After having been neglected in the 80s, the building was bought by Anne and Cédric Michaux, a couple of restaurateurs, who decided to renovate the restaurant and bring the performance hall back to life.