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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Farr Best Theater presents
A Night of Stand-Up Comedy with
Ben Moore and Monna
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Doors open @ 6:45 pm
Show starts @ 7:30 pm

The Farr Best Theater is partnering with Comedy Zone for this night of stand-up comedy.

Opening act, Monna, an obvious only child, is a quick witted 27 year old stand up comic with her roots in Fort Wayne, IN.
She moved to Fort Worth, TX at the end of 2014 to pursue her career in stand up and now works as a feature for
the Hyena's Comedy Club locations in Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth, the Improv Comedy Clubs in Arlington and Addison
as well as The Velveeta Room in Austin. Monna has worked with Dan Cummins, Pauly Shore, and most recently featured for
Theo Von at the Addison Improv. She can be seen performing at clubs and headlining bars all over the country.
Monna balances her dark sense of humor with nuanced wordplay and silver linings as she delves into stories of her personal life- including tales of graceless romantic encounters, strained family relationships, and living with mental illness.

Headliner Ben Moore began doing stand-up comedy in a small back room bar packed with drunk college students
somewhere in the sleepy Midwest and has gone on to become a favorite on the nationally syndicated 
Bob and Tom Radio Show and continues to endlessly tour the nation's finest comedy clubs. 
He was a finalist in The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and The Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest
and won The Funniest Person in Lexington.  He has been featured on the WGN Network and and was
a 2014 Headliner of The Limestone Comedy Festival.  His first CD, "Never Coming Back", premiered in the top of the
charts on iTunes;  he recently made his television stand-up comedy debut on the
Fuse Network's "Uproarious" and has been called a "very funny" and "talented joke-writer."


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The Magnificent Theater Company
Murder at the Mansfield Log Inn & Vaudeville

Fridays and Saturdays
May 31 and June 1
June 7 and 8
Purchase tickets

Visit the Farr Best and enjoy this play based on some of the historical events of Mansfield, Texas.
This is a work of fun and fiction with names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents being
either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner.

     In the late 1800's "The Mansfield Log Inn & Vaudeville", is the home of sisters, Henrietta and Roberta, and a place for travelers
to stay and be entertained. It is the last night of the Log Inn Vaudeville show, and all have been invited from far and near
for its final performance. A thriving town, from its Grist Mill grinding of meal and flour, is now seeing a pause in production,
and something must be done! John Coyote Wyatt, the town lawyer and banker desires to take over the Inn & Vaudeville,
and turn it into a pool hall...and the mayhem begins.

     Learn some of the history of Mansfield in a unique environment through comedy, audience participation, music . . . and murder! Multiple endings allow the audience to vote who the murderer will be.


Farr Best Theater
in partnership with
The Mansfield Public Library
"Slick Juggling and Magic Show"
featuring David Slick
Thursday, June 6, 2019

This kid-friendly show starts at 10:30 am
Doors open at 10:00

Tickets are first-come first-serve but this event does require registration that will begin on May 23rd at 10:30 a.m.
Registrants can only register up to 5 people at a time, but can register multiple times (for large groups.

To register, please go HERE

Guinness World Record Holder David Slick
has entertained at 1,000s of events throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond since 2002.

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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
”How to Train Your Dragon“
Friday, June 14, 2019



A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of
a young dragon himself and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.


Farr Best Theater Presents
Free hip-hop concert
featuring local artist Karlan Spracklen
Third Thursday
June 20, 2019
DJ 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Show starts @ 5:30

Visit historic downtown Mansfield
for our monthly Third Thursday event and enjoy some hip-hop music!

Farr Best Theater Presents
Mansfield Philharmonic
Composer Ric Flauding

Sunday, June 23, 2019
at 4:00 p.m.

The Mansfield Philharmonic is an all-volunteer string ensemble consisting of high school and college students,
teachers, active musicians, business professionals, and more.

MansPhil also collaborates with local guest artists and the Mansfield Wind Symphony for full-orchestra repertoire.
The Mansfield Philharmonic was founded on the principles of providing accessible and quality musical engagement
for all ages whilst promoting the cultural arts through communal outreach and education.

Ric Flauding is an award-winning composer, orchestrator and arranger. His music has been recorded by
the London Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and hundreds of recording ensembles in LA, Nashville, and elsewhere.
Ric composes in many styles, ranging from orchestral to jazz, and he has released a dozen contemporary jazz albums.
Ric won an ASCAP scholarship to the UCLA Film Scoring program and has produced dozens of video, film, and mixed-media projects. Several of his original scores have been featured in television documentary productions.
The program he has selected for the Mansfield Philharmonic concert at the Farr Best will include ten of
his most popular compositions and arrangements, and will feature popular Nuevo-flamenco guitarist,
Russ Hewitt, saxophonist Quamon Fowler, and drummer / percussionist Efren Guzman.
This is one concert you don’t want to miss!


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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
Friday, July 12, 2019



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


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



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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