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10:03 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Fifty-Year-Old Time Capsule To Be Unearthed This Year

Fifty years ago, the Park Terrace Movie Theater opened at Charlotte’s Park Road Shopping Center. The design was 1960’s futuristic: floor-to-ceiling glass in the lobby, a groovy diamond pattern along the wall, a giant neon sign with a star on top. And if you look closely at the sidewalk out front, you’ll find a small brass plaque that marks a time capsule buried underneath on the theater’s opening day. It’s supposed to be opened this May. NBC Charlotte’s Jeremy Markovich discovered Charlotteans of the late 50s and early 60s had a particular fascination with burying time capsules. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.

The Park Terrace Theater in Charlotte buried a time capsule when it opened on May 11, 1964.
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

An article from The Charlotte News on May 11, 1964 about the time capsule.
Credit Jeremy Markovich / NBC Charlotte
A plaque marks the spot where the time capsule is buried.
Credit Jeremy Markovich / NBC Charlotte