Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Zombie Beauty Pageant' Premieres at Downtown Topeka's Jayhawk Theatre

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Zombie Beauty Pageant' Premieres at Downtown Topeka's Jayhawk Theatre

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About 100 people attended the Saturday evening premiere of locally produced feature film "Zombie Beauty Pageant."

Proceeds from ticket sales for the film's showing will help fund restoration of the Jayhawk Theatre, 720 S.W. Jackson.

Jeff Carson, president of the Jayhawk Theatre board, said the theater will be 90 years old in August. After its restoration, it will seat 900 people for films and concerts, Carson said.

The restoration project is expected to cost $8 million.

Gary Piland said he selected the Jayhawk Theatre as the place to hold his film's premiere because he is "a big believer" in downtown Topeka.

More than 50 cast and crew members were involved in production of Piland's first full-length feature film, and all of the actors are Topeka Civic Theatre actors, he said. …

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