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


Village Tech Schools Presents
”The Addams Family”
A New Musical Comedy
Friday, February 22, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Purchase tickets HERE
Saturday, February 23, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Purchase tickets HERE
Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Purchase tickets HERE

In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy,
and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, the Addams kids are growing up.
The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia,
the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way.
Their dark, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen-year-old young woman
who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal,
respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse,
she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed,
relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing
they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

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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.

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Farr Best Theater Presents
Spotlight Society - Destiny Voice Studio
Third Thursday
March 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Join us in historic downtown Mansfield for a free concert on Third Thursday

The Spotlight Society is the Artist Development program of Destiny Studio.
The Spotlight Society exists to turn dreamers into doers by providing knowledge, resources
and coaching to succeed in the entertainment business.

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Hypnosis After Dark is Back!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Doors open @ 7:00 pm
Showtime: 7:30 - 9:00
Check back soon for ticket info

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
Chase Padgett: Six Guitars
Friday, April 12, 2019
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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.

CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT

No alcoholic beverages allowed.






Farr Best Theater Presents
SIRSY in Concert
Third Thursday
April 18, 2019
Show starts @ 6:30 pm
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Join us in historic downtown Mansfield on Third Thursday
and enjoy this rock & soul duo with lots of pop sensibility and just the right amount of sass.

SIRSY is fronted by powerhouse vocalist Melanie (Mel) Krahmer, who is described as
“one of the most powerful & flexible voices you’ll ever hear.”
Aftertaste Magazine said, “Bursting and belting out emotion and substance,
she can be the queen of ‘in the groove’ rocking or be simple and delicate.”
Still, there is more to Mel than her soul-inspired vocals as she also plays a full drum kit
while standing up and also plays bass parts with a drum stick on a keyboard mounted on her drums.
Guitarist Rich Libutti plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board
full of vintage effects. “The guitar player is flawless and raw. Clean enough to be enjoyed,
and just edgy enough to make you grin.” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX).

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Farr Best Theater
in partnership with
The Mansfield Public Library
Presents
"Slick Juggling and Magic Show"
featuring David Slick
Thursday, June 6, 2019

This kid-friendly show starts at 10:30 am
Doors open at 10:00

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Guinness World Record Holder David Slick
has entertained at 1,000s of events throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond since 2002.

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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
”How to Train Your Dragon“
Friday, June 14, 2019

DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 am
MOVIE BEGINS @ 10:00

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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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Farr Best Theater Presents
Free hip-hop concert
featuring local artist, Karlen Spraken
Third Thursday
June 20, 2019
DJ 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Show starts @ 5:30

Visit historic downtown Mansfield
for our monthly Third Thursday event and enjoy some hip-hop music!


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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
”Up”
Friday, July 12, 2019

DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 am
MOVIE BEGINS @ 10:00

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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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Mansfield Public Library Presents
Braden Daniels Magic
Third Thursday
July 18, 2019
6:00 - 7:00 pm

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Come on out for our monthly Third Thursday event and enjoy an evening of magic and mystery!
Braden has always had a passion for creating and performing magic.  
Braden's love for magic has taken him on a wonderful journey and he truly believes that
great magic has the power to delight, astonish and inspire. Braden adds a unique blend of magic,
mystery, and storytelling to wow any audience.

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Presented by Mansfield Activities Center
”Incredibles 2”
Friday, August 9, 2019

DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 am
MOVIE BEGINS @ 10:00

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

This sequel to “The Incredibles” follows the Parr family
as they try to restore public's trust in superheroes while balancing their family life,
only to combat a new foe who seeks to turn the populace against all superheroes.

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