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.
Join us for Downtown Mansfield Third Thursday when merchants stay open late.
This month's theme is "Red, White, and You" and the featured film at the theater will be:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Doors open 5:00 pm and the movie starts 5:30.
Admission is FREE
Folks can bring in non-alcoholic beverages and food from the food trucks or restaurants downtown.
Hip Hoppin' Karaoke Camp
The camp will be held daily from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm starting June 25 through June 29
For ages 5 - 12 years
Price is $78
For registration information: Mansfield Commission for the Arts
This coed dance camp is high energy funk and fun!
Learn hip hop combinations, musicality, and self-expression.
Camp will incorporate the use of fun props, lighting, and karaoke.
Campers should dress comfortably in loose clothing and tennis shoes.
This is the second concert in the Applause Music Concert Series.
Saturday, June 2. 2018 at 7:30pm
Free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated to support future concerts.
For more information, please visit the website for: Applause New Music Fund
James Wand Magic Show
Presented by Mansfield Public Library
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am
For further information: James Wand Magic Show
Braden Daniels Magic and Mystery Show
Presented by the Mansfield Public Library and Farr Best Theater as part of Third Thursday
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
For more information: Braden Daniels Magic and Mystery
Arts Around Town
Aug 16th, 2018 5:00pm - Aug 16th, 2018 7:30pm
Free and open to the public
For information visit the Mansfield Commission For the Arts website
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