By Kara Duffy
August 21, 2013
Cairo, GA - The Zebulon Theater has called Cairo, Georgia home since April 1936.
"We would go to the Zebulon all the time," said Grady County resident, Belinda Cox. "It was a place for the teenagers to go and hang out on Friday and Saturday nights."
Jim Fielding, the Chief of the Cairo Fire Department as well as a Zebulon volunteer added, "When I first went to the Zebulon, for the very first time three years ago, it was like stepping back into my childhood."
Volunteers at the Zebulon say almost everything you see inside the non-profit theater are still the originals from the 1930's; including two film projectors. But starting next year, they'll be useless.
"What we're up against is, come January 1st, all theaters have to be digital and we're currently running 35 millimeter prints now, so in order to keep the theater open and alive, we have to convert to digital by January 1st," said Robert Dykes, Zebulon Board member and volunteer at the theater.
Dykes says turning digital isn't cheap; it could cost anywhere from $50,000-$65,000. Volunteers are hoping two upcoming fundraisers will help with that cost.
"Thursday we'll have Jason Taylor from 94.9 coming at 7 o'clock to do a benefit concert here at the theater. The concert starts at 7:00 and tickets are 15 dollars," Dykes said.
There will also be a 'Jewels and Jeans' Silent Auction at the theater on Friday starting at 7:00 p.m.
"We want to keep this little town alive and we're going to try to support it as best we can," Cox added.
The Zebulon Theater is located at 209 N. Broad Street, Cairo, GA.