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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. He became one of the city's 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 nine 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 a community arts venue hosting concerts, movies, theatrical productions, lectures, dance, magic, and various community events. 

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

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

Rental Inquiries:
Are you looking to host your show or event at the Farr Best Theater? 
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-Sunday) require a 6-hour minimum, all other days require a 4-hour minimum.
For more information, contact us at 817-728-3338 or [email protected]

 

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The Fleetwood Project presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Friday, Feb 23rd, 2024 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss, Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming... Read More

The Fleetwood Project presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2024 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss, Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming... Read More

The Fleetwood Project presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Sunday, Feb 25th, 2024 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss, Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming... Read More

Arts Week 2024

Friday, Mar 8th, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:00pm

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Art Therapy Workshops with Heidi Tournoux Studios

Saturday, Mar 9th, 2024 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

From intricate dyed patterns, to graphic t-shirts, the clothing we wear is a direct statement of our personalities and even our deeper cultural roots. In this workshop, participants will learn and practice using 3 types of textile decorating techniques, as well as will gain an understanding of how historically- and even currently- our textiles can tell stories about our lives. Participants will be contacted a few days before the worksho... Read More

The Farr Best Open Mic

Thursday, Mar 14th, 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm

THE FARR BEST OPEN MIC A Fun, Family Friendly Event Presented by Farr Best Theater Memories & The Mansfield Commission for the Arts in association with MIKE GUINN ENTERTAINMENT Presents its monthly Open Mic Night Celebrating National Women’s History Month It's a new year and new you. This is tbe the event you finally get on stage. So invite the family, the neighbors and others to support you. Thursday March 14th 2024 109 N Main Dow... Read More

The Shadow of a King - Special Screening

Friday, Mar 22nd, 2024 - 6:45pm to 10:00pm

The SOAK - Ep 1 - Special Screening is a limited theatrical run with a sneak peak of episode 2 as well as a Q&A with some of the cast and crew following the presentation. This event is for the casual film enthusiast and anyone in the film industry looking to network. Read More

The Fleetwood Project presents Clinically Un-depressed

Friday, Apr 5th, 2024 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Written by Will Holcomb Clinically Un-Depressed is a two-act dramatic comedy where Cole Black, a boy with a chemical imbalance that renders him unable to be sad or angry, changes everyone around him. The story is told from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran, Millard Anderson, who is the grumpy old man of the neighborhood. His main pleasure in life is yelling at kids from his front porch. Most kids run, but Cole sticks around, starts... Read More

The Fleetwood Project presents Clinically Un-depressed

Saturday, Apr 6th, 2024 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Written by Will Holcomb Clinically Un-Depressed is a two-act dramatic comedy where Cole Black, a boy with a chemical imbalance that renders him unable to be sad or angry, changes everyone around him. The story is told from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran, Millard Anderson, who is the grumpy old man of the neighborhood. His main pleasure in life is yelling at kids from his front porch. Most kids run, but Cole sticks around, starts... Read More

The Farr Best Open Mic

Thursday, Apr 11th, 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:20pm

THE FARR BEST OPEN MIC A Fun, Family Friendly Event Presented by Farr Best Theater Memories & The Mansfield Commission for the Arts in association with MIKE GUINN ENTERTAINMENT Presents its monthly Open Mic Night Celebrating National Poetry Month This is tbe the event you where you finally get on stage. So invite the family, the neighbors and others to support you. Thursday April 11th 2024 109 N Main Downtown Mansfield 7:30pm -9:15p... Read More

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