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Farr Best Theater

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 Farr who became one of the citys' most prominent citizens and 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. For 58 continuous years, it was operated by Milton and Annie Farr and their 9 children.

The Farr Best Theater has seen several owners and uses since then, but was most recently purchased in 2017 by the City of Mansfield to preserve the building and return it to its intended use as a theater. It is currently undergoing a revitalization to retain and enhance much of the original historic charm. It operates as community arts venue hosting concerts, movies, theatrical productions, lectures, dance, magic, and a variety of community events. 

The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic places on September 12, 1996.

CLICK HERE to view the 2021-22 Farr Best Season.

Located:
109 N. Main St., Mansfield, TX 76063

Rental Inquiries:
Looking to host your show or event at the Farr Best Theater? CLICK HERE to download the rental form.
Rates are $50/hour for Non-Profit Organizations and $60/hour for Commercial/Individual rentals. A/V equipment can be rented for $120/day and "prime time" rentals (Thursday-Saturday) require a 6 hour minimum.
For more information contact us at 817-728-3383 or [email protected]

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"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" Movie Experience

Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination!” Get ready for a one of a kind trip to the movies as we watch the 1971 Gene Wilder classic along with activities, photo ops and more! Be sure to dress up and arrive early for all the fun. Doors open at 1:00 pm for photos and activities. Movie begins at 2:00 pm Read More

Education Seminar: Arts Business Roundtable

Monday, Jan 31st, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Need a boilerplate contract? Wondering how to price your work? Looking for some start-up funds for a new project? Bring your tips, tricks, and questions for this roundtable discussion for the self-employed creative or small arts organizations. Read More

"Sweat" by Lynn Nottage

Friday, Feb 4th, 2022 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

The Aiming Up Theater Company presents SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, February 4-6 at the Farr Best Theater Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenchin... Read More

"Sweat" by Lynn Nottage

Saturday, Feb 5th, 2022 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

The Aiming Up Theater Company presents SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, February 4-6 at the Farr Best Theater Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenchin... Read More

"Sweat" by Lynn Nottage

Sunday, Feb 6th, 2022 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Aiming Up Theater Company presents SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, February 4-6 at the Farr Best Theater Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenchin... Read More

Education Seminar: The Arts & Finances

Monday, Feb 7th, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Taxes, invoicing, bookkeeping – oh my! Many creatives don’t enjoy the regular number crunching required to keep you in business, but we’ve all got to do it. Bring your accounting questions to ask of a local professional and talk with the some veteran freelance artists to get the inside scoop on making your bookkeeping easier. Read More

An Evening of Piano Artistry & Poetry

Saturday, Feb 12th, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Pianist Eldred Marshall will perform an evening of works centered on Negro folksong, Negro Spirituals and virtuoso showmanship. The featured composers are Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Ludwig van Beethoven.  About Eldred Marshall Eldred Marshall began studying the piano at age six and played in public by age seven. His prodigious and inquisitive mind allowed him to master large swaths of the piano repertoire quickly as... Read More

Arts Week 2022

Friday, Mar 11th, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:00pm

Arts Week returns for its fourth year, kicking off Spring Break with four days of artistic events all across the city. Organizations that will be having shows or events are: - Mansfield Commission for the Arts - MPM Studio Theater - Mansfield Philharmonic - KidCreate Studio - Fleetwood Project - Family D.R.E.A.M. Center - Mainstage Classic Theatre More events and full schedule coming soon so stay tuned! Read More

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