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#1 Doohickie

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:13 PM

A real estate friend of mine tells me the Berry Theater on Hemphill is under contract to be sold.  Has anyone else heard this?  If so, any word on what the new owners plan for it?  Is it designated historical?  If someone is buying it to do any kind of restoration, this could be huge for the neighborhood.

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:26 PM

I don't think it has a historic designation...the building next door that says Mary's Beauty Salon is for sale too...don't know if that is under contract as well.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 04:44 PM

You are correct.  There is no historic designation at all on any of the properties on that block.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:35 PM

I wonder if the new owner plans to keep the structure or redevelop the site.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 07:47 PM

I don't know, so I will keep my ear to the ground and I will let all of you know if I find out something.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:06 PM

I think this building is one of the few existing "essential" structures that could act as as a nexus for an "urban village" at this location. 



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:32 PM

Man every time I worked at 10's just south of that theater on Hemphill, I always thought that would be such a cool place if they restored it and maybe played some indie films or something. I have never been inside, but old theaters are awesome!

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:44 AM

If they come up with some public use like indie films, it could bring a lot of traffic into that area.  Right now I travel 8 miles to get to any kind of urban culture (Fairmount).  If I could go roughly half that for similar atmosphere, I would do it.  It could also raise real estate values if there was a major redevelopment/restoration of the theater.  You gotta start somewhere. 

 

And as much as we all grouse about it, between the Wal-Mart and a significant investment in the Berry, you could potentially point to Hemphill Heights as a rising star neighborhood.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:21 PM

Very excited about the possibilities here.  Hope they save it and restore it.



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:52 PM

Since moving to Shaw-Clarke in 2003, I have spent a lot of time imagining and conceptualizing a new and improved Berry/Hemphill intersection.

 

Travis Avenue Baptist Church is developing nicely.  The Wal-Mart ruffled feathers (including mine) but at the very least has raised the visibility of the area and is contributing to the tax base.

 

I think it is time for something new at the NW corner of Berry and Hemphill.

 

Except for the sign, I don't see any architectural or design value in the building.  

My dream for that corner is the sign to be salvaged for a new mixed-use development called The Berry.  

It would have mid- to upscale living units, and retail on the ground, including everyday services and eateries.  (I am tired of "urban villages" which only offer entertainment.)

 

The layout and retail available would encourage foot traffic from the neighborhood, and from the 4,000 or so members or Travis Avenue Baptist Church who enter the neighborhood twice a week.

 

Maybe the building isn't demolished, but the theater restored and the building expanded to what I've described above.

 

As cool as an indie theater would be, I don't see how - on its own - it would serve the needs of the neighborhood.  Restoring it as part of a larger development would be more ideal.


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 10:11 PM

Here's a commercial listing (PDF) for space for lease available December 2015. It appears as if this construction would be where the theater stands today, presumably the developer of this will demolish the building... 

 

http://x.lnimg.com/a...398BDFBA897.pdf

 

Has anyone heard more?



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 07:05 AM

Ugh, yeah.... the theater is clearly in the development area. :(
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 07:11 AM

Is this not just a remodeling of the existing gas station/strip mall building at the corner, next to the theater?  It doesn't appear from the site plan in that image that the theater is involved in any way.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 07:38 AM

On further review, you may be right. In the pdf, the red outline showing "SITE" is a thick line that runs right over the theater. If the inside of the box is the site (as opposed to the outside), the theater may be okay.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:03 AM

Yeah, I think the red box is just very vague/approximate.  Looking at the site plan, the building seems to match up with the strip mall, as do the curb cuts and such.  And the site plan ends at the back of the strip mall, beyond which is a vacant lot and then the Berry.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 09:28 AM

I'm really sure Kevin is correct. The orientation of the red outline on the location map doesn't even match what the site plan shows. The property is maybe 100'x150' judging by the parking and by what most lots in that area were originally drawn up as. Looking at the TAD info, the theater is on Lots 9 and 10, this project is on lots 11 &12.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:16 PM

It is amazing how much attention the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas has received recently as developers seek to change that building. The community around these older theaters in Fort Worth really need to get together and work to preserve them as reminders of the past and as gathering spots for the future.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 07:32 AM

Other than the preservation community, I don't think they care.  As for the preservation community, we are spread very thin with none to few financial resources.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 09:24 AM

The problem with Berry is that it is not a pretty building.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 09:56 AM

The Lakewood also has a huge advantage in that it was still in operation not all that long ago.

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 09:59 AM

JBB, you are correct.  The Lakewood Theater was still in operation a short time ago.  Austin, the Berry Theater may not be very pretty on the outside by day, but it must have looked pretty nice at night, since the entire facade shows evidence of neon tubing over most of the facade.  I bet it looked pretty good after dark.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 10:41 AM

It is amazing how much attention the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas has received recently as developers seek to change that building. The community around these older theaters in Fort Worth really need to get together and work to preserve them as reminders of the past and as gathering spots for the future.

 

Now that Leon Bridges is rolling in the dough with his Columbia contract, it'd be cool if he fixed up the Grand Theater just off Rosedale, the one he used in his video.


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 10:42 AM

The problem with Berry is that it is not a pretty building.

 

Eye of the beholder.  It could be awesome.


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Posted 03 September 2015 - 07:06 PM

*Could* be, but at what price? Maybe someone with very deep pockets will get a wild hair and decide to restore The Berry. I've been talking to a friend who is an investor, and he indicated that the property is considered risky.

 

That is a very nice rendering! Hopefully businesses other than insurance and payday lenders will occupy. (Sorry to be negative nellie, but I've seen way too many of those types around Berry/Hemphill in the last decade). 

 

At any rate, it will certainly be better than the abandoned Citgo.


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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:40 AM

*Hopefully businesses other than insurance and payday lenders will occupy. (Sorry to be negative nellie, but I've seen way too many of those types around Berry/Hemphill in the last decade). 

 

At some point people will realize that the Fairmount gentrification is spilling over into adjacent neighborhoods and will take notice.


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 02:53 AM

It looks like the attached restaurant to the north has had permits filed for demolition. Hope the demolition crew is careful where the swing the wrecking ball... 



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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:59 AM

This always scares me when there is a building scheduled for demolition next to an unprotected historic one.  Here's one of my old photographs of the Berry Theater with part of the attached doomed building next to it.

 

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 12:47 PM

The attached building is gone. Theater still there.

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 06:19 AM

25528452863_a267998d21_c.jpgA Berry good day by Dave Matthews, on Flickr



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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:30 PM

Possible activity with the theater:

https://www.fwweekly...going-to-toads/

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:47 PM

Residential?  Ugh.


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:27 AM

Residential it may very well become, but the Fort Worth Weekly article doesn't rule out a mixed-used development.







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