Melody Theater reopening in April

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Melody Theater, a Leachville landmark, is scheduled to reopen later in the month. The theater was damaged by a fire in March of 2017. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The Melody Theater, a landmark in Leachville, has undergone renovations due to a fire and will be opening later in the month.

Leachville Mayor Rodney Robertson said he is happy to see the theater about to open. The theater is owned by the city of Leachville.

The modern theater complete with a balcony became part of Leachville in 1948 by Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Carter and Mr. and Mrs. John Hanni. The theater remained open until 1978.

It remained closed for some time and eventually it was purchased by the city of Leachville. It underwent renovations and was opened for live shows and presentations until a fire in March 2017.

The building has all new paint, seats, stage, new lighting and sound system, and new concession equipment.

The theater is managed by a board of volunteers and is available to rent for $100.

Buffalo Island Central Drama Department will open the theater with “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.”

A matinee for the elementary students will be at 2 p.m. April 19. Two evening shows will be held April 20 and 21 starting at 6 p.m.

Other shows scheduled include Gary Thrasher's The Melody Maker at 7 p.m. May 5.

On May 12 the Southern Gospel Brothers will be featured. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

Elvis will be in the house at the Melody Theater for two shows on June 22-23 starting at 7 p.m.

“We are glad the theater could be saved,” Mayor Robertson said. “It has long been a part of Leachville. The theater is not a money maker for the city but it is good for the community.”

Moba Lee Miller is one of the board members and anyone wanting to make a reservation can contact her at (870) 539-6966. The theater is rented on a first come basis.

Visitors will find the new seating very comfortable and the lighting and sound system very good. The theater will seat 265. It is handicapped accessible.

“We are looking forward to having the theater open again,” Miller said.

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