Berry Theatre

3033 Hemphill Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76110

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Previous Names: White Theatre, Teatro Berry

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Berry Theatre© Fort Worth TX Don Lewis

This old relic is just off the corner of Hemphill Street and W. Berry Street on the south side of Fort Worth. The White Theatre was opened on April 3, 1940. It was renamed Berry Theatre in 1961 and began screening Spanish language movies in 1962 when it was renamed Teatro Berry. 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 theatres could only talk.

It was demolished on July 22, 2023.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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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!

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

Does anyone knows if this theater is for sale?

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

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

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 25, 2020 at 3:10 pm

M.S. White was the original owner and named the theatre after himself launching on April 3, 1940. White had created the White Theatre and ran the Dal-Sec Theatre in Dallas beginning in 1934 before selling both to Interstate Theatre Corporation in 1936. The veteran film salesman’s career dated to the early 1910s and the Ft. Worth White Theatre was his return to exhibition in a new-build location which once housed an apartment complex. White retired from the exhibition business in 1951 selling off his two theaters.

On May 25, 1961, the theatre became the Berry Theatre and initially kept a policy of second-run Hollywood films and selected short subjects. The Berry would simultaneously be known as Teatro Berry in 1962 when it changed to a policy of showing Hispanic films. The Berry appears to have gone out of business in the home video era on February 21, 1988.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on July 24, 2021 at 11:44 pm

The theatre is currently on the market for $650K. More details and pics at https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/3033-Hemphill-St-Fort-Worth-TX/14033737/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 4, 2022 at 7:09 pm

1951 photo in below link.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1915395/?fbclid=IwAR3NM2-MI4wVc4N9qXpz_QRqEykYS1eBnjMDv8NgNh6Sn1oJna5GCVoWbww

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 4, 2022 at 7:11 pm

2019 Fort Worth Business Press council report on the Berry Theatre.

https://fortworthbusiness.com/real-estate/council-report-new-life-for-berry-street-theater/?fbclid=IwAR0Mo1vq5mNiT-igVpJG3LaGgqPg374ScXircmSM-zQHk7d_ZQF24nye8fE

Rogue
Rogue on June 25, 2023 at 8:30 pm

Demolition permits have been filed.

dannyh
dannyh on July 23, 2023 at 3:09 pm

The Berry Theatre was demolished July 22, 2023.

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on July 26, 2023 at 1:23 pm

How saddening!! Some structures just don’t stand a chance to survive. Neglected by the OWNER(s), and left abandoned to rot away to the point of no saving it.. Especially in the D/FW area it seems.. Life Goes On..

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