The Grand Berry Theater hopes to become a staple of Fort Worth cinema

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House Episode 14: Delaina Bellows Kai Grady printFort Worth’s newest art-house theater has a dual purpose: showcase independent cinema and provide a safe place for people to engage in civil discourse. Jimmy Sweeney, the founder of The Grand Berry Theater, said the idea came to him during his time at TCU.“I came out to Fort Worth and just didn’t have the avenue to keep seeing the movies that I was accustomed to seeing,” he said. “We want to be a safe place where people who think differently, look differently, act differently can come and watch the same thing.”Jimmy Sweeney standing in front of the unique art direction and showtimes. Photo by Jack WallaceSweeney designed an art-house theater that highlights independent films because of their ability to actively engage the viewer.“Fort Worth hasn’t had an art house in a long time, and art houses are really important voices in communities where they’re thriving; they have the opportunity to display films and events that are fun but also challenging,” said Sweeney.“The Grand Berry Theater was built with the idea in mind of bringing people together with cinema. I believe they’re doing that judging from my experience.”Craig Borders, a frequent moviegoerVideo by Kai Grady and photos by Jack Wallace The theater hosts a number of events through its Film Club membership.“The goal of it is to get a consistent group of people coming and watching and talking about movies together,” Sweeney said. “It’s something I’ve really enjoyed getting to be a part of, and it’s cool to see the film community growing that way.”Sweeney said art houses can become an epicenter of culture as well as be a place where the entire community gathers. He also said he wants the theater to serve as a safe place where people can engage in civil discourse. “It says a lot about people being able to come regardless of race, gender, orientation and feel safe and comfortable and engage with someone else,” said Sweeney. “It’s really important to have that voice in the community.”The entrance to the Grand Berry Theater. Photo by Jack WallaceHis wife, Brooke Sweeney, designed and created the interior aesthetic to promote inclusion and instill a sense of familiarity with moviegoers.“The city is very segregated still in a lot of ways … we just wanted to feel like we could represent blending those different cultures together,” Jimmy said. “A lot of it was driven out of the desire to have an aesthetic that felt very homey and comfortable.”Jimmy Sweeney said the experience at The Grand Berry Theater differs from other movie theaters in that its goal is to intentionally foster discussion between the audience and the staff.Trey Edwards, a member of the Film Club, said it has been his favorite part about the theater. “It’s been great to hear other people’s opinions and views of the films we watch,” Edwards said.The theater is located at 2712 Weisenberger St. More information on showtimes and special events can be found on Instagram and Facebook. + posts Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Previous articleTexas primary: what to expectNext articleHoroscope: February 22, 2020 Kai Grady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Open House: Finale Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House Episode 15: Alexis Berrycenter_img Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook ReddIt Kai Grady is an FTDM and Journalism double-major from Arlington, Texas. He currently works at KTCU as a Hip-Hop DJ. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in both sports and popular culture writing. Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ ReddIt Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more