Berry Theatre

3033 Hemphill Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76110

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Berry TheatreĀ© Fort Worth TX Don Lewis

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This old relic is just off the corner of Hemphill Street and W. Berry Street on the south side of Fort Worth. Judging by its size, it would have seated several hundred people, probably has a balcony and a single screen. It has a huge vertical sign spelling out BERRY. If some of these old theaters could only talk.

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mok on July 2, 2008 at 12:41 am

wow guys thanks for all your comments and all the info you released this put a big smile on my face. for years since I was a little kid and now a 27yr old man and after all these years ive always wanted to know the history of that theater and now its taken off my list. thank you all. jeannette is there any more pictures like the inside or something I would like to know more please.

mjd1214 on July 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

I thought I had pictures of the inside but am unable to locate any. I do know that Roy Starling, my grandfather, sold the Wings and Texan Theaters in Grand Prairie to buy the White Theater. He and my grandmother lived in Dallas and commuted to Ft Worth to run the theater. We lived on Orange St close to George C Clark Elementary school and my father ran the projection room. My brother closed the door of the ticket booth on my finger and cut the end of my finger off. My grandmother died in Jan 1962 so the theater was sold shortly before that and became the Berry Theater.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 8, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Hello Jeanette, good to hear from you and thanks for the additional comments.

(Keep looking)


mjd1214 on July 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I will. I just got back from Virginia Beach and went through my brother’s pictures. I know I have seen one of him at the concession stand in the lobby. I’ll still dig and see if I can come across it.

Roscoegirl on November 1, 2008 at 10:35 pm

My husband, Robert Henley, was a member of the Projectionist’s Union in Ft. Worth, and worked at the Berry Theater in 1972. At that time he was showing Spanish pictures on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and I was sitting in the little free standing ticket booth selling tickets, while he also kept our 18 month old son with him upstairs, until I closed the box office. We worked for Basil Huckabee, who also had rented the Marine Theater from a man from Dallas. Some Saturdays after the Matinee, the theater would be rented out for a stage show, with well known Spanish stars such as Tony Aguilar, who would sing to the crowd. Robert worked in nearly every movie theater and drive in in Ft. Worth, and also in Waco. Those were the good old days.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

This is from a couple of years ago. A hair salon is on the left and a notary public is on the right.

mej03 on January 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

Does anyone know who owns the building now?

gabegrote on August 11, 2010 at 8:03 am

As of late last year. Drove by it last night and it still looks the exact same.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 25, 2012 at 3:18 am

A Couple of photos I took back in 2006-07.. *This was originally called The White Theatre….

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

nokeith on May 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

In the last few weeks, a nonprofit group has torn down the buildings that were attached to the theater on the north side of the building. I have since found out in speaking to someone who new more about the purchased lots that they also wanted to purchase the lots that included the Berry Theater. I found out that if they had been able to purchase the lots, their intentions were to TEAR DOWN THE BERRY THEATER. I know it’s vacant and looks awful, but I wish someone with enough money and vision would come in and restore the theater. They could make it their home, have a theater, and maybe a small art gallery in the front. I’m hoping for the best. It’s really cool to read the old stories here. Keep them coming!

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