Berry Theatre

3033 Hemphill Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76110

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rivest266
rivest266 on June 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Listings started showing up in 1941 as White and renamed Berry in 1961.

Lissetteacolon
Lissetteacolon on January 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm

Does anyone knows if this theater is for sale?

nokeith
nokeith on May 9, 2016 at 4:06 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!

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 25, 2012 at 6:18 am

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

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

gabegrote
gabegrote on August 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabegrote/4881957625/

mej03
mej03 on January 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Does anyone know who owns the building now?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

This is from a couple of years ago. A hair salon is on the left and a notary public is on the right.
http://tinyurl.com/ycc6sa9

Roscoegirl
Roscoegirl on November 2, 2008 at 1:35 am

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.

mjd1214
mjd1214 on July 9, 2008 at 5:43 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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm

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

(Keep looking)

Don…

mjd1214
mjd1214 on July 8, 2008 at 9:48 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.

mok
mok on July 2, 2008 at 3:41 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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 7, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Autographed photo of Ken Maynard to Roy Starling and his wife.
He enjoyed a long prosperous career with Monogram Pictures that began with silent films.
He died in 1974.

Again with thanks to Jeannette for permission to post this photo.

www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/349617399

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 5, 2007 at 8:00 am

Photo of an unidentified group fo men holding a “Greater Monogram Pictures” 1933-1934 banner. Monogram Pictures was a successful movie production company founded in the 1930s. It eventually became Allied Pictures and ceased operation around 1974.

The man in the front row holding the right corner of the banner could possibly be Roy Starling.

With thanks to Jeannette for the photo.

www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/346693449

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 4, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Another view of the WHITE THEATER taken around 1952. With thanks to Jeannette.

www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/346384522

mjd1214
mjd1214 on December 31, 2006 at 3:39 pm

Two of my images of the Berry Theater when it was named the White Theater.
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mjd1214
mjd1214 on December 22, 2006 at 11:57 am

Thanks for the pictures Don. I really appreciate them. My grandparents, Roy and Lucille Starling, owned the theater when it was the White Theater. My grandfather died in Jan 1958 and my grandmother ran the theater with the help of my parents until she was too ill with breast cancer. She sold the theater in 1960-61 and that is when it became the Berry Theater. I believe at that time it became a Spanish speaking theater but I was only 7 yrs old so I am not completely sure of that. And it was white in color but the curtains that closed over the screen and the seats were made of a rich burgandy velvet fabric. I even remember our garage being full of boxes of the 3-D movie glasses that you had to wear to make the movies appear in 3-D. Thanks again for the pictures!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 7, 2005 at 9:23 pm

A 2004 picture I took of the BERRY (wherever the hell it is!):
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-Don

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 6, 2005 at 2:53 am

Com'on you guys! It’s only a number off. Looking at the photos on Cinematour the parcel of land could be a combination of 3 numbers including the two shops ie:3031 – 3035.

The Film Daily Yearbook:1950 edition has the address of the White Theatre as 3033 Hemphill Street.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 27, 2005 at 11:23 am

Listed as the White Theatre in editions of Film Daily Yearbook that I have;1941-1950. Seating capacity is given as 1,000 in 1941 and 1943, and 750 in 1950.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 2, 2004 at 9:36 am

Thanks Charles. I am sure your address is the exact one. I had to make an educated guess according to my pictures which caught a street sign. Your description confirms my suspicion about the past elegance of the BERRY. I can almost smell the popcorn now.