The Cameron Village shopping center will reopen the Subway, the underground space that in the 1970s and 1980s housed a thriving entertainment scene, on May 16 for one night to benefit charities.
A spring fashion show, live music, arcade games and historic photos will highlight the 8 p.m.-midnight event, according to advance publicity.
But for many long-time residents, the main attraction will likely be the chance to see, apparently for the last time before renovation, the space that was home to the Pier, Cafe Deja Vu and other venues. Such acts as the Ramones, Sonic Youth and the Police played in the attraction, which has sat virtually empty beneath what is now the Fresh Market and the Wake County Public Library since its closure in 1984.
The structures that housed businesses in the Subway have long since been removed.
People looking for 1980s prices will be disappointed, as tickets are $125 for VIP entry and $85 for general admission. The event benefits Backpack Buddies and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.