The Melba Theater will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the official reopening of the historic theater on Saturday, Aug. 12. A red carpet celebration has been planned to commemorate the event along with live entertainment, food, and a screening of the classic 1952 musical, Singin’ in the Rain.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the movie’s showtime at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will be $15 each and available online at Attendees will also receive a Melba gift item. Tickets may also be purchased from the Melba Theater box office during normal operating hours. Those interested are encouraged to buy their tickets early as seating is limited.

“We had so much positive feedback from last year’s red carpet grand reopening event that we wanted to make it an annual affair,” says co-owner, Mandi Curtwright. “Seeing everyone all dressed up in the street, waiting for the neon Melba sign to be turned on for the first time, was something I will never forget.”

Since the grand reopening, the Melba has welcomed over 50,000 patrons which include folks attending regular movies, concerts, ‘A Very Melba Christmas’ shows, and the most recent Summer Kids Movies Series.

“It’s been overwhelming to see how much people love coming here,” co-owner, Joe Shell states. “Listening to everyone’s reactions when they walk in the doors for the first time is wonderful. Catching folks on their way out, after the show, and hearing them brag about our digital projection quality and surround sound never gets old.”

On Friday, Aug. 11, the Melba will be showing the 1982 classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, at the regular ticket price of $4. An afternoon regular showing of Singin’ in the Rain is planned for Sunday, Aug. 12.

Mandi Curtwright
P 870-307-5917

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.