Pictured: Owners Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney
by Brandi Addison
Fort Worth’s first theater focusing on independent and local films is coming to The Foundry District.
The Grand Berry Theater, owned by Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney, is scheduled to open this fall in The Foundry District at 2712 Weisenberger St..
The 50-seat, single-screen theater will host theme nights, Q&A-led discussions and “Open Screen Nights” — providing local filmmakers the opportunity to show their short films.
The theater will feature leather chairs and loveseats, and have traditional movie theater food and drinks available for purchase. Eventually, the theater will also offer a full bar with local beer, wine and movie-inspired cocktails.
The name “Grand Berry” pays homage to two of the earliest motion picture theaters built in Fort Worth in the 1930s: The Grand, which predominantly served an African American population, and The Berry, which predominantly served a Caucasian population.
By combining the two names, The Grand Berry strives to promote the idea of “coming together as yourself,” The Foundry District spokesperson Holland Sanders said in a statement.
Tickets to film screenings will cost $7 each. Films will show primarily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — though the Grand Berry will be open outside of screening times from 9:30 a.m. to midnight.
More information about The Grand Berry Theater can be found on its Facebook page.