50 Years Ago: When the contents of the Thruway Theatre time capsule last saw the light of day, man had not yet set foot on the moon, Richard Nixon had just become president and gasoline was about 35 cents a gallon.
*The Time Capsule at Thruway Shopping Center grand opening ceremony, dubbed “Back to the Future,” will start at 10am this Saturday (Feb 16).
*Plans are also underway for displays of the items to be held at several locations including the Forsyth County Public Library and Thruway Center at later dates.
NOTE: If you can’t make it to Saturday’s event, the contents of the capsule will be on display in the atrium of Aperture Cinema on Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The Aperture will commemorate the event with a Sunday screening of “Bullitt,” the 1968 Steve McQueen action film that was the first movie screened at the Thruway Theatre. The screening happens @ 3pm. https://www.journalnow.com/news/local/time-capsule-will-take-thruway-back-to-the-future-what/collection_c9923320-30a8-11e9-945e-a75e0d427b27.html#6
Earlier story: That 50 year old Time Capsule at Thruway Shopping Center will be opened on Feb. 16 (a Saturday). The time will be at 10am.
The capsule was buried on Feb. 14, 1969, to commemorate the grand opening of Thruway Theatre (which is no longer in existence). The theater is long gone, but the plaque and the buried time capsule remain in the sidewalk in front of the FastMed Urgent Care clinic. Suggestions for items to be placed in the new time capsule, on our WBFJ Facebook page.
(Earlier article) Turning back time? The Time capsule at Thruway Shopping Center will be opened later this month after 50 years.
The capsule was buried on Feb. 14, 1969, to commemorate the grand opening of Thruway Theatre (which is no longer in existence). The plaque on the capsule has an OPEN date of Feb. 14, 2019, but the grand opening celebration is actually being planned for two days later on Feb. 16, a Saturday, to allow more people to attend. Time TBA… The theater is long gone, but the plaque and the buried time capsule remain in the sidewalk in front of the FastMed Urgent Care clinic.
George Lee was the master of ceremonies for the 1969 event, back when WTOB radio station was based above the Town Steak House next door to the theater.
Dewey’s Bakery is the only merchant still at Thruway that was there when the capsule was buried.
NOTE: After taking out the existing capsule, Thruway plans to bury a new ‘time capsule’ in its place, to be opened in 2069. Give your suggestions for items to be placed in the new time capsule on our WBFJ Facebook page.
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