115 W. Main Street,
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Melba Theater, Batesville (Official)
Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Built by 1923, the Melba Theater opened in 1940, a Streamline Moderne style movie house on Batesville’s Main Street. The theater features a large vertical sign flush to the facade and a triangular marquee, both spelling out the theater’s name in neon-lit letters.
Though the Melba Theater closed in the early-1990’s, it was renovated and reopened in 2000 and functioned both as a concert venue and movies on weekends. It has also been a host theater for the Ozark Foothills Film Festival. The Melba Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Closed by 2016 for renovations and fundraising for a digital projector. It reopened in August 2016.
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