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.



Mansfield Magazine

Farr Best Theater Re-Opens in Mansfield


Arts Around Town

Third Thursday

Aug 16th, 2018 5:00pm - Aug 16th, 2018 7:30pm

Doors open @ 5:00 pm 

Program 6:00 - 7:30 pm

* *  Featuring singer/songwriter Jesse Rasanen * * 

Free and open to the public

For information visit the Mansfield Commission For the Arts website


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Music Alley Festival

Sep 8th, 2018 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Downtown Mansfield

This music festival will feature four stages of live music, one hosted by the Farr Best Theater,
artists showcasing their work, a variety of hands-on music and art activities, selfie mural walls,
and lots of food and fun for the whole family!

For more details: Mansfield Commission for the Arts - Music Alley

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September 20 at 7:00 pm

Farr Best Theater Presents Dr. Kate Jones, Solo Double Bass Recital

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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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.



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


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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October 20, 2018

2:00 pm Hotel Transylvania

5:00 pm Night of the Living Dead

8:00 pm It (from 2017)

Doors open 45 minutes before each show 

Please check back soon for full information about ticketing



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.



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

November 20, 2018

Doors open at 6:45 pm

Show starts at 7:30 pm 

Please check back later for complete information about ticketing

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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
Apex Percussion Studio Holiday Concert

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