Gospel groups to perform at the Zebulon
Fund raising efforts to convert Cairo’s historic Zebulon Theater from film to digital projection will reach a musical pitch in two weeks with a gospel concert.
There are two gospel groups slated to perform a benefit for the Zebulon on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The groups, Atonement and Redirected, will put on a concert on the Zebulon stage beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 each and proceeds will go towards the effort to raise money to buy digital equipment so the Zebulon can continue to show movies. The motion picture industry is phasing out celluloid films and by January will distribute only digital versions of movies, according to Zebulon officials.
An equipment upgrade is needed at the theater, digital or otherwise. Less than two weeks ago, one of the two movie projectors used to show movies at the Zebulon broke down beyond repair. It takes two projectors to show one movie. Luckily, the Zebulon was able to locate a projector at a neighboring theater that could be utilized to keep the Zeb open for business.
Meanwhile, additional fund raising efforts are being planned for the community to enjoy while supporting their historic downtown theater.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the theater will host dinner and a live comedy show. The dinner will be served at Cairo City Grill beginning at 6 p.m. The buffet style meal will include baked chicken and spaghetti with meat sauce and various sides. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40. Only 65 of these tickets will be sold. Ticket prices include dinner and the show.
The comedy show features comedian Charlie Hutchins who will appear at the Zebulon beginning at 7:30 p.m. Those folks wishing to see the comedy show only may purchase these tickets separately for $15 each.
Another upcoming concert takes place on Thursday, Oct. 3 and will feature Heavy Cowboy performing at the Zebulon beginning at 7 p.m. Concert tickets will be $15 each.
Also at that event, the Zebulon will raffle off four tickets to see Luke Bryan in concert in Tallahassee on Oct. 11. Two of those raffle tickets will include back stage passes and will sell for $50 each. The concert raffle tickets without the backstage passes will sell for $25 each. Winners do not have to be present to claim these prizes, and tickets will be pre-sold before the drawing.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, Jeff Davis and Tired Creek band will perform with an appearance by Lifelong Journey. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8 each.
Other events are being planned including concerts by Cairo native Ralph Roddenbery.
The Zebulon is a non-profit, single screen theater in downtown Cairo.