Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2006 9:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff
After nearly a century, the Myrtle Beach Pavilion is closing, and along with it the amusement park that has been part of the fabric of this oceanside resort for more than 50 years. Generations from the Carolinas, Georgia and beyond spent summer nights dancing to a jukebox, and later live bands; screaming as they braved the heights of the roller coaster; or simply watching the delighted faces as their children rang the bells on the boat ride.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2006 9:37 AM
Note how there is no mention of the Hurricane. Is it going to BotB?
Tuesday, September 5, 2006 10:42 PM
Those bells are annoying! But they do bring back good memories.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 10:54 AM
I've always thought this was a dumb move and I still do. As a former MB resident, honestly, it's the very face of Myrtle Beach. It's the first thing you see as you approach Ocean Blvd. For me, it was always the sign that - hooray - I'm finally there. Without the Pavillion, there'll be a huge hole in that town, and I think it will hurt the town more than yet another high-rise will help. Burroughs and Chapin is a severely short-sighted company.
That said, I hope Hard Rock Park lives up to its full potential. An artists rendering of the park showed what was obviously a B&M hyper. That's a darn good start.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:17 PM
I totally agree with you Vincent Greene. I have been traveling to Myrtle Beach every year since 1989, from Ohio. The first thing you do see is the Pavilion and it does tell you that you have arrived. It is also the thing that attracts people downtown. A couple of weeks ago we went down there to ride the rides one last time. I was really depressed once we left that beautiful park.
I am sick of Burroughs and Chapin. If they don't want the park anymore why not sell it to someone else. B&C owns too many properties in Myrtle Beach and it is time someone new, with a fresh approach, comes in.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 5:29 PM
I just came back from a two-day Pavilion indulgence and I can't believe what a beautiful labor of love that park really is - it's like killing your own child for money. Seriously, I wouldn't put it past the parent company to move all their attractions, or most of them, over to Boardwalk at the Beach and call it 'Pavilion at the Beach' as a new section of that 'park'. They market this one as the last ever season for Pavilion and make a killing on the merchandise and the nostaglic visits this year, then reopen half the attractions next year over there. P.T. Barnum was right!
Saturday, September 9, 2006 3:44 PM
I guess pretty soon we'll only be left with SCBB and Morey's which are both WONDERFUL in their own right, but yes, Pavilion was the face of Myrtle Beach and it's like ripping the soul out of the town to tear it down. This is almost like the demise of Miracle Strip at Panama City Beach since I have no desire to ever visit there again now, but at least Family Kingdom lives on and the HRP might draw me back to Myrtle Beach again some day. Here's hoping some park at least picks up the best Rainbow ever and the Haunted Hotel.
Sunday, September 10, 2006 4:52 PM
What about Coney Island? I do admit that the urban fabric of that area has it's negative effects but between Astroland, Deno's and the other amusements, there is still something there.
Also there is Trimpers in Ocean City, MD although they really could use a wooden coaster to make things complete.
Please, down with condomania. Motels, shops and other things are also falling to this trend and that is sad.