Melba Theater Announces ‘A Very Melba Christmas’ Lineup

November 18, 2019 – This year marks the fourth annual ‘A Very Melba Christmas’ presented by the Melba Theater of Batesville, with the assistance of local business partners. The past three Christmas seasons have brought thousands of movie goers from far and wide to see old classic films on the big screen. For many, attending the Melba has become a holiday tradition. Theater Owners, Adam & Mandi Curtwright and Joe & Janelle Shell try to bring something new and exciting each year, aiming to fulfill their mission of offering “An Experience to Remember”.

This year the series consists of 12 different movies with 18 showings beginning on Friday, November 29. The series kicks off with “White Christmas.” This classic film features Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Thanks to community business partners, “A Very Melba Christmas” series movies are offered free to the public while seats last. The theater holds 410 and can accommodate 6 wheelchairs. “Doors open one hour before showtime and often times the line begins forming before our workers have even arrived to prepare for the show,” says Adam Curtwright. “To see the excitement on the kids faces, and honestly their parents’ faces as well, makes all the hard work and preparation worth it.”

It’s more than simply booking the films and popping the popcorn. The Curtwrights and Shells have recruited more staff, scheduled dozens of school groups, contacted local businesses for partnerships and of course, decorated the interior and exterior of the theater to add to the overall ambiance. “We want our decorations to flow with and compliment the wonderful lights put on by the city,” Joe Shell proudly states. “It’s a lot of work but something we are very proud of.”

Adding to the overall experience, snow machines are installed and activated as guests exited the theater.

It has also been confirmed that Cousin Eddie and his rundown RV will be back as well. Each year Brad Cheatham has donned the bathrobe and entertained guests as they wait in line. It would be hard to estimate just how many pictures he has been tagged in on social media. The Leg Lamp will reappear in the ticket booth window and other surprises will surface during the series as well. It is safe to say, you’d better mark your calendars and make plans to attend as seats fill up quickly.

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Full schedule:
November 29, White Christmas, 7 p.m.
November 30, The Star, 4 p.m.
November 30, Christmas Vacation, 7 p.m.
December 1, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2 p.m.
December 3, Elf, 6:30 p.m.
December 5, White Christmas, 6:30 p.m.
December 8, Scrooged, 6:30 p.m.
December 10, Polar Express, 6:30 p.m.
December 12, It’s a Wonderful Life, 6:30 p.m.
December 15, Christmas Vacation, 6:30 p.m.
December 17, The Grinch, 6:30 p.m.
December 19, Elf, 6:30 p.m.
December 20, Meet Me in St. Louis, 7 p.m.
December 21, A Christmas Story, 4 p.m.
December 21, Polar Express, 7 p.m.
December 22, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2 p.m.
December 22, It’s a Wonderful Life, 6:30 p.m.
December 26, Gremlins, 6:30 p.m.