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


Farr Best Theater Presents
Third Thursday
Karaoke Night
with Steve Kimpell
November 15, 2018

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Doors open @ 5:30

It’s Third Thursday!
So bring your friends and family to Mansfield’s historic downtown
to support local merchants’ extended hours of business and ENJOY
a fun evening of karaoke at our 100-year old theater!

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Jonathan Yeager
Somnium and Hypnosis After Dark
November 16, 2018 



Doors open @ 7:00 pm
Show begins at 7:30 pm

The only truly interactive comedy hypnosis show in the world.
There are no people clucking like chickens in this show!
The show starts with a quick introduction into hypnotism, followed by a fun and interactive demonstration on how hypnotism works. Then volunteers are asked to come up onto stage to be the stars of the performance.
Once those volunteers are put into a deep hypnotic trance, the fun begins!
The show is turned over to the audience where they get to vote for what they would like to see happen on stage next.
This level of interactivity is a fun and completely unique way to let the audience also be a part of the show!

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Doors open @ 9:00 pm
Show begins at 9:30 pm

Leave the kids at home for this show!
Hypnosis After Dark is designed for adults only.
You never know what might happen on stage, but you're sure to have one of the best nights you might not remember!

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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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Ben Barber
December 11, 2018

5;00 pm to 7:30 pm

Join us for the first ever Ben Barber Film Festival
where students from K-12 will showcase their talents on the road to being the next Spielberg!

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Farr Best Theater Presents
American Dreamer
An Exploration in Orchestral Folk Music
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

Concessions will be sold for this event

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Farr Best 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



Presented by
Mansfield Activity Center
December 28, 2018
Cool Runnings

Doors open at 9 am and seats are limited; first come, first served.
Movie starts at 10 am
Concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is $1 per person, cash only.


The Proposal
January 4, 2019

Doors open at 9 am and seats are limited; first come, first served.
Movie starts at 10 am
Concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is $1 per person, cash only.


Farr Best Theater Presents
Dirk Quinn Band
Saturday, January 11, 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.

Farr Best Theater Presents
Chase Padgett: Six Guitars
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.

Concessions will be available for sale.

No alcoholic beverages allowed.

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