Berry Theatre

3033 Hemphill Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76110

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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

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.

mej03 on January 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

Does anyone know who owns the building now?

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 8, 2009 at 4:11 am

Here is another 1984 photo.

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.

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.

DonLewis 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 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.

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.

DonLewis on January 7, 2007 at 12:32 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.

DonLewis on January 5, 2007 at 5:00 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.

DonLewis on January 4, 2007 at 8:31 pm

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

mjd1214 on December 31, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Two of my images of the Berry Theater when it was named the White Theater.
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mjd1214 on December 22, 2006 at 8:57 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!

DonLewis on November 7, 2005 at 6:23 pm

A 2004 picture I took of the BERRY (wherever the hell it is!):
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2005 at 7:41 am

Ken….All I did was post a website with a photo of this theater. That website has an address for this theater that is twelve numbers different than the one listed above. I did not mention any names. All I did was post the link. I then searched the address listed above and found a Salon located there and I posted that info also. What is wrong with doing that? I’m not allowed to post a message about another possible address being given for this theater

Starting now, I will post only links. Photo links, news links, etc. I’m not going to correct addresses, dates or anything else. Its easy to play the role of the “victim” and blame others because you can’t find theaters to add or your not able to post informative comments about a theater. Its time for this so called “victim” to stop making excuses and start adding theaters and filling in the blanks on some of the existing theaters. It is getting slightly more difficult to find theaters since most of the “pre-packaged” ones that included a history page to copy info from are becoming scarce. Its time for the “victim” to put up or shut up. The ball is in his court and the clock is ticking.

Why do people correct the messages posted by the “victim”? Lets start with this theater. In the first comment posted in here, he has the color of this theater as “battle ship grey”. Two days later, the “victim” now decribes this same theater as being burgundy. Wow, people in Texas must be incredibly fast painters. I’d like to hire them to paint my house. The problem is, he gets this information from other websites and then states it as fact. Why didn’t he post the Cinematour link earlier and let everyone see the photos there? Because then you would know where his info came from. I post my sources. I have nothing to hide and I’m not trying to impress anyone.

Its now my turn to be the bad guy. Before me, it was Tom Scott, JAlex, Organ-ized and a few others. Those people posted corrections to comments made by the “victim” and they were labeled as the bad guy too. And in every instance he either gave one of his standard excuses like “its a typo, I meant to type 75 instead of 23, the cat walked on the keyboard while I was typing”, etc. or he became the “victim” because these bad people were picking on him. He has more excuses than a two year that gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Everyone makes mistakes. As both President Nixon and Clinton discovered, the cover-up is worse than the mistake!

KenRoe on November 5, 2005 at 11:53 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2005 at 3:47 pm

Have a nice day Chuck!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2005 at 3:35 pm

While doing a search for 3033 Hemphill St, the only two that return a Berry Theater are this website and Cinematour. Did you get this address from Cinematour? Do you think every address on that website is 100% accurate? A Yahoo, Google and Yellow Page search return the La Perfecto Salon at 3033.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2005 at 3:26 pm

That site is probably where the address came from in the first place.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2005 at 3:06 pm

BTW…..3033 Hemphill St is the address for the La Perfecto Salon.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2005 at 2:25 pm

This website has the address as 3021 Hemphill St. There is a photo of the Berry Theater on that site. Click on the photo to enlarge it.