In contrast to the Farr Best Theater’s marquee, which featured upcoming shows and the phrase “Shop Mansfield,” vandals spray painted the building’s facade in red text, “Don’t shop Mansfield” and “Wong Town.”
The building was vandalized twice May 26. The first incident occurred in the morning and was painted over by 11 a.m., and the second incident occurred early in the afternoon. It was again sprayed May 27. The graffiti was painted over again.
Police said they have assigned the case but the report has not come in.
Steve Cosio manages the historic theater and said this is the first time something like this has happened.
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He said he found out about the first incident at about 8:15 a.m. and the second coat of spray paint at 3:35 p.m.
He said the theater does not have security cameras, but he would check with the other businesses along Main Street to see if any is available.
Cosio, who is also the president of Discover Historic Mansfield, Inc., said he has not aware of any contention against efforts to revitalize and improve the city’s historic downtown.
Cosio said “Shop Mansfield” is on the theater’s marquee year-round, as the phrase belongs to the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation, which is a sponsor of the theater.
He also said he did not know the meaning of the phrase, “Wong Town.”
“We are still trying to investigate what that could mean,” he said. “At this point we don’t know of it’s meaning.”
Felix Wong, the city’s planning director, is also the treasurer of Discover Historic Mansfield, Inc. and was not available for comment.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770