CAIRO — One of downtown Cairo’s most recognizable landmarks is slated to be recognized as a historic location next week.

The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century will present the Zebulon Theater with an honorary plaque Tuesday marking it as the oldest single-screen theater in Georgia, and one of just three remaining in the state overall.

“It’s a milestone for the theater and it’s definitely a boost for the community to have something like this in our town that’s a historic place that’s still up and running today that people can come and be a part of,” said Robert Dykes, the Zebulon’s executive director. “It’s a great treasure for Grady County and Cairo.”

A ceremony to mark the occasion will take place at 11 a.m. outside the theater. The ceremony will include an invocation and benediction as well as a brief history of the Zebulon, which initially opened in 1936.

The plaque, which is presented by the Dames’ John Lee of Nansemond Chapter, will be placed on the theater's exterior wall.

Dykes said the recognition would not have been possible without continued support from the community.

“A big hats off to people that help us out with our fundraisers and everything we do to keep (the Zebulon) open,” he said. “I’m excited and I can’t wait for Tuesday to get here so people can see the dedication and the plaque as they enter the theater.”

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