The Grand Berry Theater is a mission-driven, community-based business which strives to create a unique, high quality movie going experience by:
Promoting community within the theater and beyond by connecting strangers who might not otherwise meet and encouraging understanding through our diverse offerings.
Being accessible and welcoming to everyone in Fort Worth and beyond by being affordable and by offering a diverse range of programming.
In harkening back to a time where Fort Worth was filled with motion picture theaters, we are taking the names from two that still stand. The Grand, located off Rosedale in east Fort Worth, opened in 1938 as a neighborhood theater serving the African American community. The Berry, located at the intersection of Hemphill and W. Berry, opened near 1930 as a theater serving a predominantly white population. In providing a safe space that encourages understanding, we hope we can pay homage to how Fort Worth has grown and come together over the years since these theaters first opened.
This idea of community and togetherness is woven through the history of going to the movies. We believe that film is an artistic means of conveying personal experiences and world views, and we value these expressions as a means to create open dialogue. Our mission is to create a unique, high-quality movie going experience by promoting community within the theater and beyond by connecting strangers who might not otherwise meet and encouraging understanding through our diverse offerings.
Founder and Film Booker for The Grand Berry Theater
What is your favorite movie experience? I was eight years old when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in theaters. I remember getting dressed up and waiting outside the major theater in my hometown of Sarasota, FL for three hours with my friends and our parents to be the first ones inside the theater. Now reflecting on the experience, it’s amazing to think about how major of a cultural event movies can provide. It was also my first, and one of my only, experiences with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. “Alas, earwax.”
Designer and Artist for The Grand Berry Theater
What is your favorite movie experience? On the day Jimmy proposed, he had a map of all our favorite places and dates together to visit and reminisce. The first place on the map was the movies where we watched The Intern - great movie and of course even better day!