811 Main Street,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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Previously operated by: Stewart and Everett

Firms: Wheatley, Whisnant & Associates

Functions: Recording Studio

Previous Names: Broadway Theater

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Mid `50's photo courtesy of the Historic Horry County, SC Facebook page.

The Broadway Theater operated from at least 1940 and closed under that name in 1959. It was gutted internally and reopened on June 18, 1971 as the 225-seat Cinema, operated by Stewart and Everett. It continued into the 1980’s. The theater building is now home to Encore Video Productions.

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raysson on March 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

The seating capacity for The Broadway Theatre is 496.

It remained in operations until the mid-to-late 1970’s.

Ned on February 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I found a 10x8 B&W 1940 photo of the Broadway Theater and posted it today. It matches the vintage postcard streetscape that “lostmemory” posted.

DavidZornig on May 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Mid `50’s photo added courtesy of the Historic Horry County, SC Facebook page. I received the below e-mail content from the museum today.

Mr. Zornig,

The picture you mentioned was a photograph of a picture shown at a presentation given by Dino Thompson at the Museum. The Theater was located in downtown Myrtle Beach. Mr. Thompson forwarded me some information on it…

Ben’s Broadway theater opened in the late 30s. After it was sold it became Broadway Theater. In the late 60s or early 70s it became the Rocking Chair theater. Across the street from the theater was a restaurant owned by Louie Achilles called the Broadway Restaurant.

According to Jack Thompson, a Myrtle Beach photographer, The Broadway was located on Main Street next to the Kozy Korner and the Restaurant was 818 Kings Hwy next door to his studio.

Jack Thompson will be speaking this Saturday at the Horry County Museum about the history of Myrtle Beach through his photographs if you are interested. The program begins at 1:00 PM and is free.

Marion Haynes

Marion Haynes, Technical Assistant

Horry County Government

Horry County Museum

805 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

rivest266 on April 5, 2022 at 2:22 pm

This reopened by Stewart & Everett on June 18th, 1971, as the Cinema. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 7, 2022 at 7:51 am

This closed as Broadway in 1959.

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