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Cairo’s Zebulon Theater is temporarily closed for renovations and officials say the theater will reopen as quickly as possible.
Zebulon general manager Robert Dykes says the building’s roof is being re-foamed, and on the interior the ceiling is being lowered and new ceiling tiles installed. Plans also call for the floors to be thoroughly cleaned and the areas underneath the chairs and carpet runners also cleaned.
Interior painting is also part of this phase of renovations, according to Dykes.
The Zebulon is community-owned and operates off of the revenue generated by ticket and concession stand sales as well as contributions. The theater receives no government support, according to Dykes.
The theater is managed by the Regional Community Center committee, which is chaired by Lequita LeGette. RCC Chair LeGette recently updated the Cairo Mayor and Council on current theater projects.
She said that no improvement projects are undertaken until there is money in the bank to pay for the improvements.
Dykes says the theater has been fundraising for about two years for this current improvement project.
In addition to screenings of new release motion pictures at affordable prices, the Zebulon has become a popular venue for birthday parties, school field trips and other special events.
A Friends of the Zebulon organization has been founded, and for contributions of $100, patrons are recognized for their Bronze level gift and recognized on a patron’s board in the theater lobby.
A donation of $250, or a Silver level gift, entitles the donor to two yearly passes for all movies shown at the Zebulon and private showings for members.
For gifts of $500 or more, the giver earns Gold status and receives four yearly passes to all feature films plus all of the other benefits of Silver and Bronze memberships.
For more information or to contribute, contact Dykes at 229-377-3302.