Couple Set to Open Indie Theater in Fort Worth’s Foundry District

The 50-seat art house theater will be a single screen cinema and event space with an emphasis on screening local and independent films as well as cultivating a supportive environment where discussion is encouraged.

Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney

The Foundry District in Fort Worth will soon include The Grand Berry Theater, set to open this fall.

The 50-seat art house theater will be a single screen cinema and event space with an emphasis on screening local and independent films.

The Grand Berry will offer second-run film classics and kids movies along with its featured fare of indie, local, and art house films. It’s also planning to host theme nights, Q&A discussions, and “Open Screen Nights” that will allow local filmmakers opportunities to present their short works.

Owners Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney said the new theater will be a mission-driven, community-based business offering a unique movie-going experience. The Grand Berry’s mission includes cultivating a supportive environment where discussion is encouraged.

Owners Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney said the new theater will be a mission-driven, community-based business offering a unique movie-going experience.

The theater’s name draws from two still standing Fort Worth theaters that date back to the 1930s — The Grand and The Berry. When the two opened almost 90 years ago they served predominantly black and white audiences respectively. By combining the names, the company behind the new theater wanted to promote how Fort Worth has grown and come together while being accessible and welcoming to everyone in the community through affordable pricing and offering a diverse range of programming.

The foundation behind the Grand Berry said it believes film is “an artistic means of expressing personal experience and world views, and value those expressions as a means to create open dialogue,” according to a release. 

The theater will be outfitted with leather chairs and loveseats along with traditional movie theater drinks and snacks with plans to eventually include a full bar with local beer, wine, and movie-inspired cocktails.

The new theater will be a “perfect addition to The Foundry District, adding another element of creativity and expanding our community’s artistic culture into film and film enthusiasts,” said Jessica Miller, co-founder of The Foundry District, in a statement. 

Miller’s M2G Ventures, which she runs with her sister, Susan Miller Gruppi, is the developer behind The Foundry District, a rehabbed six-acre industrial development that includes local retailers and restaurants, office space, and event venues. The Foundry District is part of the Fort Worth Cultural District next to 7th Street and the Museum District and has announced a number of new tenants this year.

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