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New art house theater unspools film for Fort Worth's Foundry District

New art house theater unspools film for Fort Worth's Foundry District

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Film will join the mix at The Foundry. Photo courtesy of The Foundry District

Fort Worth is getting a cozy new art house theater in the Foundry District. Called The Grand Berry Theater, it's a single-screen cinema and event space focused on screening indie and local films, and will open in fall 2018.

Owners Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney describe the new theater as a "mission-driven, community-based business" that will offer a unique experience that's about more than seeing movies.

According to a release, the venue intends to be accessible and welcoming to everyone in the community by being affordable and offering a diverse range of programming. The goal is to welcome a variety of people from different lifestyles to be able to come together and enjoy film as a form of art. As opposed to something to fill time or as background noise for household chores and such.

Located at 2712 Weisenberger St., the theater will boast a mere 50 seats and feature indie, local, and art house film, as well as a variety of second-run classic films and kids movies such as Isle of Dogs.

They'll host theme nights, Q&As, and "open screen nights" where local filmmakers can come show their short films.

Seating will consist of a mix of leather chairs and loveseats. On opening, they'll offer traditional theater drinks and snacks, but they plan to eventually offer a full bar with beer, wine, and "movie-inspired" cocktails.

Tickets will be $7. Screenings will primarily take place at 10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm. Outside of screening times, The Grand Berry will be open from 9:30 am to midnight.

Jimmy and Brooke both currently have professional jobs, but once the theater opens in the fall, Jimmy will work there full time booking films and managing the day-to-day.

There's a story behind the name Grand Berry Theater. It pays homage to two motion picture theatres that still stand in Fort Worth: The Grand, located off Rosedale in east Fort Worth, which opened in 1938 as a neighborhood theater predominantly serving an African American population; and The Berry, located at the intersection of Hemphill and West Berry, which opened near 1930 as a theater serving a predominantly white population.

Put those together, and what do you get: Grand Berry Theater.

By combining these names, The Grand Berry wishes to promote "coming together as yourself" — as opposed to coming together as someone else.

A part of the Cultural District, the Foundry is the newly rehabbed industrial development that's home to a mix of one-of-a-kind retail and restaurants, dedicated space for industrial creative offices, and alternative event venues, including The Lathery, Feathers Boutique, M&O Burger, CitySurf, and Cowtown Marathon.