The Farr Best Theater, an intimate, 158-seat venue in downtown Mansfield, is a gem of Mansfield history.

It was first opened on October 10, 1917 by Milton May (M.M.) Farr who came to Mansfield in 1917 and became one of the citys' most prominent citizens who oversaw the installation of the first electric lights in the city and a modernized water system.
He named the theatre the Best Farr Theatre and then in 1950 it became known as the Farr Best Theater and for 58 continuous years, it was operated by M.M. and Annie Farr and their 9 children.

The theater ran silent movies until 1929 when talking movies hit the market and was enlarged in 1936 to double the seating to 200. The all time highest grossing movie shown at the theater was "Gone With The Wind" in 1939 and 1940. 

It was sold in 1975 after the death of Roy Farr to Charlotte Martin and was operated as the Old Bijou Theatre until 1978. St. John’s Lutheran Church was housed inside the theatre for 10 years before Main Street Theatre Inc. bought the building in 1988, producing Main Street Film Festival and Screenings, along with live entertainment.

The Farr Best Theater was purchased in 2017 by the City of Mansfield and is currently undergoing a transformation and revitalization to retain and enhance much of the original historic charm. It hosts concerts, movies, and a variety of shows and community events. 

The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic places on September 12, 1996.
 

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EVENTS


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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
”Up”
Friday, July 12, 2019

DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 am
MOVIE BEGINS @ 10:00

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement.
Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams.
Unbeknownst to Carl, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer Russell is on Carl's front porch!
The world's most unlikely duo meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar
that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot tall flightless bird. Stuck together in the wilds
of the jungle, Carl realizes that sometimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for.

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Mansfield Public Library Presents
Braden Daniels Magic
Third Thursday
July 18, 2019
6:00 - 7:00 pm

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Come on out for our monthly Third Thursday event and enjoy an evening of magic and mystery!
Braden has always had a passion for creating and performing magic.  
Braden's love for magic has taken him on a wonderful journey and he truly believes that
great magic has the power to delight, astonish and inspire. Braden adds a unique blend of magic,
mystery, and storytelling to wow any audience.

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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
”Incredibles 2”
Friday, August 9, 2019

DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 am
MOVIE BEGINS @ 10:00

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

This sequel to “The Incredibles” follows the Parr family
as they try to restore public's trust in superheroes while balancing their family life,
only to combat a new foe who seeks to turn the populace against all superheroes.

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