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Cameron Village to open underground for one night

Posted March 30, 2015

Paint peels off an old mural in the Cameron Village Subway, which once housed an underground complex of spots where locals would go to hear live music, have a few cocktails and play arcade games.

Cameron Village is allowing visitors to go underground for one night only in May.

Underground Raleigh – officially known as the Village Subway – was one of the city's hottest spots from the 1970s and into the 1980s. It was a subterranean set of nightclubs, restaurants and an arcade under the Raleigh shopping center.

By 1984, worries about the fire code and customer safety meant the Subway's days were numbered. The Cameron Village Merchants Association said back then that it was negotiating with a major retailer interested in the space, but that retailer never came.

The abandoned spot has been a hot topic on the Internet.

Cameron Village will open the underground up one last time on May 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight for a benefit Backpack Buddies and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The night will include live music from Crush, a Spring runway show, video games and more.

Tickets are on sale now. VIP admission is $125 and includes reserved seating, a swag bag, free beer and wine, food and valet parking. General admission tickets are $85 each and include food and two beer/wine tickets.


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  • Beth Pearce Apr 1, 2015
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    Awwwwwwww. I hate that for your mother. And it's already sold out????? That right there, should be a clear indicator of what COULD BE! People are willing to pay that kind of money (myself included) and it's already sold out! Wow!

    I hate that. The tickets just went on sale today.

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  • Nicole Reynolds Apr 1, 2015
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    My mother has many memories from here years ago and was ecstatic when I told her I could figure out a way to take her. I am highly disappointed that it is already sold out at 5pm.

  • Ching Lee Mar 31, 2015
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    I worked in the camera store that was down there the summer I got out of high school. Fun place.

  • Doug Bradley Mar 30, 2015
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    I've been down there....a long, long time ago.

  • Johnny Byrd Mar 30, 2015
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    The Pier and DeJa vu.

    Dang, am I THAT OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Beth Pearce Mar 30, 2015
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    Just talked to Cameron Village. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be for the public this coming Wed..

    (Strawberry Letter 23)

  • Mike Flores Mar 30, 2015
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    I would start with the best source published in 2008.

  • Sammy Macloud Mar 30, 2015
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    It's too bad it can't be beefed up and used today. Great space down there, remember it well ;-)

  • Anita Lambert Hawley Mar 30, 2015
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    Had some good times there back in the day!!!

  • Bob Leah Mar 30, 2015
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    Here is some great background on the Village Subway....