“Very Melba Christmas” Begins Nov. 28 – Melba Theater will show free Christmas Classics on the Big Screen

The Melba Theater will once again be hosting A Very Melba Christmas. A Very Melba Christmas will feature 12 Christmas classics on the big screen at no charge. “Last year’s attendance exceeded expectations and many of our shows were at full capacity”, noted Adam Curtwright, co-owner …”because of the series’ popularity, we made the decision to add more movies and additional show dates.” Sing-alongs and classic Christmas shorts are a couple of the new additions to the activities for the 2017 series. “We do have another surprise that you’ll want to come and check out — it is going to make the 2017 series one that you will never forget,” Curtwright added.

2017 Very Melba Christmas Lineup:
November 28 @ 6:30 p.m. – Christmas With the Kranks (PG)
November 30 @ 6:30 p.m. – Elf (PG)
December 3 @ 6:30 p.m. – White Christmas
December 5 @ 6:30 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)
December 7 @ 6:30 p.m.- The Polar Express (G)
December 10 @ 6:30 p.m. – Miracle on 34th Street (G)
December 12 @ 6:30 p.m. – Home Alone (PG)
December 14 @ 6:30 p.m. – Jingle All the Way (PG)
December 17 & 19 @ 6:30 p.m. – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13)
December 21 @ 6:30 p.m. – A Christmas Story (PG)
December 22 @ 6:30 p.m. – It’s a Wonderful Life (PG)
December 23 @ 6:30 p.m. – Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (G)

Movies will begin on November 28 and will play through December 23. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Movies will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 400 guests and seats are first come, first serve.

To stay up-to-date with Christmas festivities at the Melba, visit www.melbatheater.org or follow @melbatheater on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram.

About the Melba Theater: The Melba theater was originally constructed as a mercantile store. It was eventually remodeled in Art deco style and reopened in 1940 to become one of the Arkansas’ first cinemascope theaters. Though the theater closed in the early 1990s, repairs and alterations were made and it reopened in 2000. In 2015, just before the theater had to close its doors again, it was purchase with the goal of renewing this historic treasure. The downtown Main Street business district, which includes the Melba Theater, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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.