Melba Theater to roll out red carpet for 2018 Anniversary Celebration, Aug 10-12

July 30, 2018 (Batesville, Ark.) —The Melba Theater in Batesville, Ark. will be hosting a red carpet celebration to mark its second year of being open since the renovation completion. The 2018 Anniversary Celebration will be held August 10-12 and will feature the 1942 classic film, “Casablanca.”

“Casablanca is one of the greatest movies of all time and it seemed fitting to show this as the feature during our anniversary weekend,” added Adam Curtwright, Melba Theater co-owner. “We’re excited to show this film on the silver screen once again and introduce it to a new generation.”

On Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11, there will be pre-show entertainment provided by the Lyon College Jazz Band, light Moroccan/American fare served in the auditorium, giveaways, and more. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s attire from the movies’ era. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the movie will start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the August 10-11 events are $20 each or $35 per couple. Seating is general admission.

On Sunday, August 12 the movie “Casablanca” will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the regular admission price of $4 per person.

In 2016, the historic Melba Theater reopened after an extensive renovation. Two local couples, Adam and Mandi Curtwright and Joe and Janelle Shell, purchased the theater in 2014 and restored the theater as close as possible to the original architecture.

“The ticket sales this year will also ensure stability and preservation of the historic Melba Theater,” stated Joe Shell, Melba Theater co-owner. “With an old building there is always something to work on and we want to keep our historic structure in great condition for years to come.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the Melba Theater ticket box or online at
The Melba Theater is located at 115 West Main Street in Batesville, Ark. in the historic downtown district.

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.