Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
Opens Sept. 9 at Market Street and runs for one week only. Look for a review in next week's Times.
From a news release:
Memphis Heat tells the wild and wooly tale of Southern wrestling—beginning with the carnival days of Sputnik Monroe and Billy Wicks in the late ‘50s. Memphis Heat continues with the Jackie Fargo/Len Rossi/Saul Weingeroff masked-men and tag-team dominated ‘60s. The film continues on into the raucous ‘70s and ‘80s with the up-and-coming Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Hart and the rise of Jerry Jarrett as one of the great wrestling promoters, who kept one of the richest (and last) wrestling businesses in the country. The film covers the rich history of Mid-South wrestling, based around Roy Welch and Nick Gulas’ Southern territory, where the wrestlers were all based out of Nashville and went all over Arkansas—Jonesboro, Blytheville, Fayetteville—to Evansville, Indiana, and back over into Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama!
Author Ron Hall, who book whose book "Sputnik, Masked Men, & Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling" inspired the documentary, will at Market Street Friday night at 7 p.m. to sign copies of his book.