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

Jan 25, 2014

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.
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A plaque marks the spot where the time capsule is buried.
Credit Jeremy Markovich / NBC Charlotte