Cameron Village Underground in Raleigh comes alive again

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- People turned back time and went underground in one part of Raleigh this weekend.

The Cameron Village Underground opened to the public for the first time in 30 years Saturday night for one night only.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the area was a subterranean set of nightclubs, restaurants, and an arcade under the Raleigh shopping center.

Bands like REM played there. It was a major stop between Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

Comedians like Steve Martin played at the venue. So did musicians like James Taylor, Bette Midler, and her pianist Barry Manilow.

The area became known as the Subway District. There was even a subway car painted on the wall that met people as they came downstairs.

Last month, 500 tickets for the fundraiser sold out in 12 hours. The event benefitted Backpack Buddies and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Click here for more on Backpack Buddies and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

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