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 Re-Opens in Mansfield


EVENTS


Grant Writing Seminar

September 13, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free to Arts Commission members
$10 for non-members

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 

Learn grant writing basics in preparation for the next Mansfield Commission for the Arts application deadline

Join members of the Mansfield Commission for the Arts grant review panel, and learn from grant writing experts about the basics of grant writing through a mix of webinars and live discussion. There will be a focus on building your budget to ensure it accurately represents your project and encompasses all your expenses so you don't leave potential funding on the table.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Not only will attendees receive an insider's look into The Mansfield Commission for the Arts' grant process, each attendee will also leave with a detailed list of arts grant opportunities available throughout the region, state, and nation. 


NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY - THIRD THURSDAY
Farr Best Theater Presents
Double Bass Chamber Music
with Dr. Kate Jones
September 20 at 7:00 pm

Prior to the concert, join us at The LOT Downtown for a North Texas Giving Day celebration
where you can support the Mansfield Commission for the Arts and a wide variety of nonprofits throughout Mansfield

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ARTSCAPES

The Mansfield Commission for the Arts second annual ArtScapes event will take place on
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Walnut Creek Country Club.
This celebration of all things art will bean evening of great food, drink, beauty, and fun.
You'll be greeted by live music and a fine art display on your way to the banquet hall and once you enter,
sample an "Art-ini", then stroll through the decorated art-themed tables and vote on your favorite.

 

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Ghost Tours and Trick-or-Treating - Third Thursday

Join us on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for

Trick-or-Treating from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

and

Ghost Tours from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm which will start at the Mansfield Historical Museum at the corner of

Main Street and Broad Street and will end at the Farr Best Theater across the street

Tickets are required for the tour and can be purchased HERE

Ghost Tours

Friday, October 19, 2018

Ghost Tours from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm which will start at the Mansfield Historical Museum at the corner of

Main Street and Broad Street and will end at the Farr Best Theater across the street 

Tickets are required for the tour and can be purchased HERE

 

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MONSTER MOVIE MARATHON

October 20, 2018

Doors open 45 minutes before each show


2:00 pm Hotel Transylvania

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


5:00 pm Night of the Living Dead

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


8:00 pm It (from 2017)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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Ghost Stories & Spooky Tales

October 25. 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Mansfield Public Library brings you Twice Upon a Time Storytellers presenting family friendly Ghost Stories and Spooky Tales.

All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

 

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Arts Around Town - Third Thursday
Featuring
Brazos Chamber Orchestra
November 1, 2018
7:30 pm

Free to the public

The Brazos Chamber Orchestra is comprised of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and plays an eclectic blend of orchestral music, including classical, big band, movie tunes, Americana, and pop.

Visit our theater in historic downtown Mansfield and enjoy an evening of music.

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Farr Best Theater presents:
A Night of Stand-Up Comedy with
Barry Whitewater and Brad La Cour

November 10, 2018

Doors open at 6:45 pm

Show starts at 7:30 pm

A night of stand-up comedy featuring two DFW comedians

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 

Barry Whitewater: A father of two and disappointment to many, Barry Whitewater is late to the arena of stand-up, but trying to make up for it. His topics cover suburban life, debt, raising kids and the not living up to his wife's very low expectations. Barry lives in Dallas, Texas to the dismay of many people who knows how hot it is there and how much he weighs.

Brad LaCour is a comedian and writer who has performed on Funny or Die's Oddball Festival. He regularly is featured at Improv comedy clubs, telling jokes to a kid-friendly corporate audience or can turn right around and hilariously talk about his son's shower habits. He was a featured act at the Dallas Comedy Festival, named one of the comics you need to watch by the Dallas Observer, and has been a finalist in the Funniest Comic In Texas competition. He has proven himself as a comic who can cater to any kind of audience and as a writer whose jokes range from relationships to topical issues.

Concessions will be available for sale.
No alcoholic beverages allowed. 
This event is meant for adults and is not recommended for young children.

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Mansfield Public Library Presents
Magician Braden Daniels


December 6, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 pm and show begins at 6:00 pm.

This free event is first come, first serve with limited seating.  

Mansfield's premier sleight of hand artist leaves you breathless
as you are taken on a fast-paced, fascinating and MIND BLOWING journey!

Enjoy a unique combination of close-up magic, parlor magic, storytelling and improvisational comedy! 

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Farr Best Theater Presents

American Dreamer
An Exploration in Orchestral Folk Music

December 15, 2018

Doors open at 6:45 pm
Show begins at 7:30 pm

American Dreamer is a folk ensemble from Austin, Texas, featuring folk music with rich string accompaniment,
an original and lush sound they call ‘orchestral folk’.

American Dreamer is comprised of Sasha Klare-Ayvazian (vocals/guitar), Audrey Lee (violin),
Courtney Castaneda (cello), Dana Wygmans (vocals, bass), and Rick Palese (drums).

“The Texas-based quintet cultivates a sense of warmth and wonder with their incredible blend
of folk, orchestral, and popular stylings.” –Atwood Magazine

TICKETS AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT  - PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER FOR DETAILS

 

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Farr Best Theater Presents
Apex Percussion Studio Holiday Concert
THIRD THURSDAY

December 20, 2018

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of holiday classics and more performed on a wide variety of percussion instruments. 

Featuring the students of Apex Percussion Studio

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Movies on Main presented by

Mansfield Activity Center

December 28, 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am
Movie starts at 10:00 am

Holiday/winter movie TBA - please check back later for further details

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Farr Best Theater Presents

Chase Padgett: Six Guitars

April 12, 2019

Doors open at 6:45 pm
Show starts at 7:30 pm

Award winning music, theater, and comedy in a one man show

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

As the show unfolds, audiences are treated to great songs from each genre that showcase breathtaking musicianship.
This sonic feat is done not merely with just one performer but just one guitar as well.

There are plenty of laughs too! Each character, from the young rock prodigy to the weary blues picker, shares hilarious anecdotes that only a life playing music can give. These balance out the moving stories each deliver about how music has touched their lives and made them a better person along the way. You don't need to play music to love this show. You just need to love music.

6 Guitars premiered at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival where it won several awards
including Best Solo Performer, Best Male Actor, and Best Musician.

In the following years it toured other fringes and quickly became one of the most recognizable shows across the entire circuit, shattering ticket records and winning awards such as the British Columbia Touring Council award. This award is given out by professional arts presenters to the show they believe to be most tour worthy. Since then 6 Guitars has been performed hundreds of times in festivals and performing arts centers all over North America.

Concessions will be available for sale.

No alcoholic beverages allowed.

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