Theater remains closed, fundraiser planned for Oct. 26
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Cairo’s historic Zebulon Theater remains closed temporarily for renovations and general manager Robert Dykes says the project is slightly behind schedule.
Crews have wrapped up the installation of a new foam ceiling and the painting of the ceiling and exposed rafters.
Tentatively, the moviehouse will reopen Saturday, Oct. 26 when the the theater’s annual Jewel & Jeans fundraiser is scheduled to take place.
“If we can open any sooner, we will be sure to let everyone know,” Dykes said.
Now that the painting is complete, a crew is coming in to clean carpets and the upholstery of the theater chairs as well as the flooring underneath the chairs.
“Our upcoming fundraiser will be a good opportunity for folks to come see the improvements we have made to the theater. We are dependent on contributions to keep this theater open and everyone’s support is much needed as well as appreciated,” Dykes said.
The 2019 Jewels & Jeans begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. A silent auction will be staged from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and then the live auction begins.
Raffle tickets are also being sold at the theater and at Bishop’s Jewelry.
The two raffle prizes are a pair of 3/4 caret diamond earrings and a $250 gift card to South Georgia Outdoors. Raffle tickets are $25 per ticket per raffle, according to Dykes.
Dykes says the theater has been fundraising for about two years for this current improvement project. He notes that all proceeds from the Jewel & Jeans fundraiser will go toward additional improvements to the historic theater.
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.
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 about Jewel & Jeans or to contribute, contact Dykes at (229) 377-3302.