SC - Visit Myrtle Beach, S.C., Announces Latest New Developments
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina continues to rank as one of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the nation, attracting approximately 20 million visitors annually. Given its accessibility and variety of attractions for couples and families alike, the Myrtle Beach area received several new accolades in 2019 including being ranked number one on USA Today's list of "50 Cities Where Everyone Wants to Live," one of Yahoo! Finance's "30 Most Affordable U.S. Vacations for Families," and one of Southern Living's "The South's Best Beach Towns 2019." The following is the latest information on new tourism developments in the region.
Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Myrtle Beach
The City of Myrtle Beach and Coastal Carolina University (CCU) have entered into an agreement to purchase property that will be turned into a new cultural arts center and theater in downtown Myrtle Beach. The center will be located in what is now three properties in the downtown area of Myrtle Beach along Highway 501. The space will include a 300-seat theater, art gallery, reception area, dressing rooms and rehearsal space. It will be used for performing arts classes by CCU students as well as allow the city to host up to 30 productions per year. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 with the theater opening in the spring of 2022.
The Carolina Opry Theater
The originators of live entertainment in Myrtle Beach, The Carolina Opry Theater, will be celebrating their 35th season in 2020. Award-winning director and producer, Calvin Gilmore, will bring stunning changes and new cast members to his live variety shows, The Carolina Opry, Time Warp Show and Pure Magic. In addition to the full calendar of original productions, the theater will also host a robust schedule of celebrity concerts including Travis Tritt, Confederate Railroad, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Russian National Ballet's Swan Lake, Gladys Knight and Paul Reiser. Last but not least, the theater also has a full schedule of unbelievable tribute concerts planned including the Stayin' Alive Bee Gees Tribute, Purple Experience Prince Tribute, Symphonic Sinatra, Hotel California Tribute to the Eagles, Zoso Tribute to Led Zeppelin, Invincible: Tribute to Michael Jackson, Resurrection Tribute to Journey, Killer Queen and the music of ABBA. For more information, visit www.thecarolinaopry.com.
Gateway Galleria Mixed-Use Complex Coming to Ocean Boulevard
Plans have been approved for a mixed-use complex on Seventh Avenue North and Ocean Blvd. in downtown Myrtle Beach called the Gateway Galleria. The top three floors of the Gateway Galleria will be dedicated to downtown condos and the lower level is expected to house 18,000-square-feet of retail shops, restaurants and bars, and other outlets, including ones dedicated to fitness and the beachfront lifestyle. A completion date has not yet been announced.
Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center
Huntington Beach State Park is building a new nature center after their previous center was destroyed in a lightning strike fire three years ago. The new nature center will be a $1.2 million investment and will feature a birding area, a classroom and an exhibit area with live animals. Money for the new nature center's exhibits was donated by several small groups and individual private donations to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park group. The proposed opening is spring 2020. For more information, visit www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntington-beach.