Cairo in Grady County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
— 15 April 1936 —
Screen Movie Theaters
John Lee of Nansemond Chapter
Colonial Dames XVII Century
15 April 2020
Erected 2020 by John Lee of Nansemond Chapter, National Society of Colonial Dames XVII century.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the The Colonial Dames XVII Century, National Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 15, 1936.
Location. 30° 52.726′ N, 84° 12.504′ W. Marker is in Cairo, Georgia, in Grady County. Marker is on North Broad Street (Georgia Route 93) just south of 3rd Avenue Northeast, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level, just to the right of the theater entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 North Broad Street, Cairo GA 39828, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grady County (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans' SquareGrady County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Jackie Robinson (approx. 11˝ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Zebulon Theatre. The Zebulon Theatre was opened on April 15, 1936 as a 650-seat theater by Ms. Ethel Blanton who named it after her husband Zebulon Blanton. In 1950 the Blanton Family sold the theatre to The Dunn Family Theatre’s Inc. and was operated under that family business until 1973 when Mr. Larry Bearden purchased it and ran it successfully until he retired in 2000. The Community Foundation of South West Georgia purchased the theatre on December 15, 2000 and it is now operated by the Regional Community Center, a non profit organization. (Submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Zebulon Theater. The Zebulon Theatre is still a single screen Adams-style building with a seating capacity of 350 — including the balcony. The Zebulon Theatre now plays sub-run movies and is a family friendly theater that only plays movies with a rating from G to PG-13. The Zebulon Theatre is a jewel in Grady County that the residents are proud to still have, when so many of the old movie theaters have been torn down in the name of (Submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Zebulon Theater, oldest single-screen theater in Georgia, gets historic marker. “I was born and raised in Cairo, and I remember going to the theater and seeing that Walt Disney movie ‘The Love Bug,’” Janet Wynne, a Cairo business owner, said. She said she’s been going to the Zebulon Theater since she was a little girl. (Submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.