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Go Down Under Columbia at Historic Columbia’s Next Behind-the-Scenes Tour

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 16, 2014)— Back by popular demand, Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour series opens the doors to Columbia Down Under on two nights, May 14 and 15, at the Arcade Mall on Columbia’s Main Street.

From 1972 to 1974, a group of shops, bars and restaurants operated just below the surface of Columbia’s Main Street. Located underneath the Arcade Mall on the 1300 block of Main Street, Down Under Columbia sought to mimic the success of Underground Atlanta, but its initial success succumbed to the suburbanization that plagued the stores and businesses located above. Today, Down Under Columbia is remembered as a unique attempt to capitalize on the Arcade Building’s location and architectural layout.

On Wednesday, May 14, The Palladium Society, Historic Columbia’s young professionals membership group, will host a special tour for Palladium members and their guests from 7 to 9:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for Palladium members and $35 for their guests.

Historic Columbia will hold another tour from 7 to 9:30 pm on Thursday, May 15. Tickets are $25 for Historic Columbia members and $35 for the general public. Tickets are on sale to Historic Columbia members only through May 7, and general public tickets will go on sale on May 8.

Tickets can be purchased at historiccolumbia.org, by emailing cobrien@historiccolumbia.org or by phone at 803.252.7742 x 15.

Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour series is sponsored by 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning.

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