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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The Mansfield Commission for the Arts
Marketing Seminar
Thursday, January 17, 2019
5:00 pm

This seminar is FREE for members of the Commission for the Arts
The cost for non-members is $10 and tickets can be purchased HERE

Tim Roberts, Marketing Manager at the Convention and Visitors Bureau will be leading the discussion
and providing guests with ideas and resources for where, when, and how to market most effectively.

Reserve your space soon so Tim can tailor his presentation to the ideas and info most relevant to attendees.

Additionally, Ric Flauding a musician, composer, and long-time teacher and performer, and Christopher Bryant, a visual artist,
program coordinator at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts, and President of the Commission for the Arts Board
will offer artist-specific insights to supplement Tim's discussion. They will also be available for questions
and a smaller breakout section more focused on your specific art form after the general presentation.

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  Hypnosis After Dark is Back!
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Doors open @ 7:00 pm
Showtime: 7:30 - 9:00

You never know what might happen on stage,
but you're sure to have one of the best nights you might not remember!

This is an R rated show. There will be adult language, suggestive content, and lots of laughs.
Under 18 will not be permitted into the show without a parent/guardian present.

There will be light concessions available for purchase at this event,
however alcohol is not permitted inside the theater.


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Farr Best Theater Presents
Lunar New Year Dance Celebration
Saturday, February 16, 2019

 Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the
Grace Hula and Dance Company and Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association
by enjoying an ethnic dance show.
Come a few minutes early to snap a photo with Polynesian dancers,
then enjoy a Polynesian dance show including a poi twirler.

After an intermission with more opportunities for a photo op,
enjoy Chinese Lion Dancers and musicians as they welcome the lunar new year.
You'll definitely want to stay after the show to grab a photo with one of the lions.



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The Mansfield International Film Festival
March 7 - 10, 2019

Arts Week 2019 kicks off with the inaugural Mansfield International Film Festival.

This festival will put Mansfield on the map as a premiere home for independent film.

The First Annual Mansfield International Film Festival (MIFF) and Competition is a four-day film collaboration
designed to showcase international, national, and local filmmakers and storytellers.

Over the course of the festival, MIFF will discover those who are gifted in the creative ability
to capture the attention and imagination of an audience through visual storytelling. 

Please check back here on the Farr Best website
or HERE for more detailed information in the near future.

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Mainstage Classic Theatre Presents
"The Best of Broadway"
Friday, March 15, 16, and 17, 2019

Join us for three nights of classic show tunes with 
Mainstage Classic Theatre's production of "The Best of Broadway".

These performances will be held during the upcoming Arts Week 2019.

Be sure to check back in the near future for start times and ticket information.

Farr Best Theater Presents
Chase Padgett: Six Guitars
Friday, 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


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.


No alcoholic beverages allowed.

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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.


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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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