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


Farr Best Theater Presents
American Dreamer
An Exploration in Orchestral Folk Music
Saturday, 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 strives to create a sound that, while steeped in both folk and classical music,
is not precisely either, with the hope of exploring the space in between. 
While their music is fundamentally simple, it unfolds into a multi-layered soundscape.
Beautifully blended strings coupled with honest lyrics and rich vocal harmonies provide listeners with a lot to sink their ears into.

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

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT
 This performance is funded in part by a grant from The Texas Commission on the Arts

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Farr Best Presents
Apex Percussion Studio Holiday Concert
THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, December 20, 2018

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on historic downtown Mansfield’s monthly Third Thursday and
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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Presented by
Mansfield Activities Center
Friday, December 28, 2018
Cool Runnings

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and seats are limited; first come, first served.
Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.
Concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is $1 per person, cash only.

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The Proposal
Friday, January 4, 2019

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and seats are limited; first come, first served.
For audience 16 years and older
Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.

Concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is $1 per person, cash only.

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Farr Best Theater Presents
Dirk Quinn Band
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Doors open @ 7:00 pm
Show starts @ 7:30 pm

Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for this high energy funk/jazz band
based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada.
Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style -
one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT


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.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT

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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

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 SOLD FOR THIS EVENT

No alcoholic beverages allowed.

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