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


Will Baffle’s
Show of Wonders
Sunday, April 28, 2019
TWO SHOWS!
Doors open @ 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Shows @ 2:00 and 4:00

Stock up on stockings and lock up your socks.
Magician and Illusionist, Will Baffle, is bringing his Show of Wonders
to Farr Best Theater and you will laugh your socks off!
His show is crammed full of good, clean, family fun including magic, comedy, and illusions.
Do not miss this opportunity for a fun time out in your community.

This one of a kind show is full of entertainment for the whole family.
Will brings unique, original magic and illusions you won't see anywhere else.
It truly is a variety show within a variety show!

For tickets click HERE and just remember to hang on to your socks!

Concessions will be provided for this event.

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Hypnosis After Dark is Back!
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Doors open @ 7:00 pm
Showtime: 7:30 - 9:00

General Admission Tickets - $10

Purchase tickets HERE

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!
This is an R-rated show.
There will be adult language, suggestive content, and lots of laughs.

There will be light concessions available for purchase at this event.
Alcohol is not permitted in the theater.

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Marketing Seminar
”The Business of the Arts”
Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm

This seminar is FREE for members of the Commission for the Arts

The cost for non-members is $10 and tickets can be purchased HERE

Join us for this seminar presented by the Mansfield Commission for the Arts
which will feature discussions about contracts, billing, customer relations,
promotional and professional materials, and other topics pertinent to professionals in the arts field.
Learn how to successfully deliver your product or service once you receive an order, a commission, or a booking.

This is a follow-up to our previous seminar which offered a multitude
of tips and information about how artists can effectively market themselves and their work.

The seminar will feature speakers Rosalie Gilbert, Arts and Cultural Supervisor with
the Mansfield CVB and Commission for the Arts and a guest to be announced in the near future.

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Farr Best Theater presents
A Night of Stand-Up Comedy with
Ben Moore and Lawrence Rosales
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Doors open @ 6:45 pm
Show starts @ 7:30 pm
ADULTS ONLY
TO PURCHASE TICKETS GO HERE


The Farr Best Theater is partnering with Comedy Zone for this night of stand-up comedy.

Opening act Lawrence Rosales was a top 3 finalist for the Improvs funniest comics in Texas in 2017 and 2018.  
With quick witted jokes about marriage, community college, and stories about being raised by a mother who was
a small time criminal Lawrence has become a regular performer at clubs across the country.

Headliner Ben Moore began doing stand-up comedy in a small back room bar packed with drunk college students
somewhere in the sleepy Midwest and has gone on to become a favorite on the nationally syndicated 
Bob and Tom Radio Show and continues to endlessly tour the nation's finest comedy clubs. 
He was a finalist in The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and The Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest
and won The Funniest Person in Lexington.  He has been featured on the WGN Network and tbs.com and was
a 2014 Headliner of The Limestone Comedy Festival.  His first CD, "Never Coming Back", premiered in the top of the
charts on iTunes;  he recently made his television stand-up comedy debut on the
Fuse Network's "Uproarious" and has been called a "very funny" and "talented joke-writer."

CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS SHOW - NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED

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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!


Farr Best Theaters Presents
Mansfield Philharmonic
and
Composer Ric Flauding

Sunday, June 23, 2019
at 4:00 p.m.

The Mansfield Philharmonic is an all-volunteer string ensemble consisting of high school and college students,
teachers, active musicians, business professionals, and more.

MansPhil also collaborates with local guest artists and the Mansfield Wind Symphony for full-orchestra repertoire.
The Mansfield Philharmonic was founded on the principles of providing accessible and quality musical engagement
for all ages whilst promoting the cultural arts through communal outreach and education.

Ric Flauding is a uniquely gifted artist, composer, arranger, and performer. He has been called a "poet without words" because of the dramatic emotional content of his music. Currently Ric teaches performance, composition, and jazz improv at Weatherford College. He works with the jazz studies program and has completed compositions and arrangements for the WC Jazz Band, and also teaches privately at his studio in Texas and online with students in the U.S. and various foreign countries.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS PLEASE GO HERE
$10 Adults and $5 Students & Seniors

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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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