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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 17:44 IST

Tears of nostalgia: 65-year-old wallet found in theatre renovation echoes the past

Workers involved in renovating a movie theater in Atlanta stumbled upon an unexpected find – a wallet lost 65 years ago, concealed behind a wall.

Manasvi Asthana
Wallet found after 65 years in US theatre.
Wallet found after 65 years in US theatre. | Image:Unsplash
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Workers involved in renovating a movie theater in Atlanta stumbled upon an unexpected find – a wallet lost 65 years ago, concealed behind a wall. The wallet was discovered by a worker and subsequently handed over to Chris Escobar, the theater owner.

Area where the wallet was discovered

Chris Escobar explained that the area where the wallet was found used to be a lost and found section in the manager's office. Over the years, renovations had obscured its existence, making it challenging to detect. Escobar described the discovery as a "portal back in time."

The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta's oldest cinema, revealed numerous historical artifacts during renovations. Among the findings were old popcorn displays, discontinued beverage bottles, and the remarkable discovery of a wallet untouched for 50 years. Escobar expressed the significance of finding such a piece of history.

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The wallet, deemed a treasure trove of history, prompted Chris Escobar to initiate a search for the family of its owner. Discovering that Floy Culbreth, the wallet's owner, had passed away in 2005 at the age of 87, Escobar managed to contact her daughter, Thea Culbreth Chamberlain, who is now 71 years old.

Search for Culbreth's family 

The search for Floy Culbreth's family led to a connection with her daughter, Thea Culbreth Chamberlain. Notably, Thea found some of her own belongings in the recovered wallet, including insurance cards and a doctor's appointment note. At the time of losing the wallet, Thea was just 6 years old, and the unexpected discovery brought back memories from more than six decades ago.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 17:44 IST

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