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Myrtle Beach takes steps towards bringing performing arts theater to downtown

FEBRUARY 29, 2024

The Myrtle Beach City Council this week took another step toward building a theater in the Arts & Innovation District downtown. Council gave first-reading approval Tuesday to a lease and operating agreement with Coastal Carolina University. CCU’s trustees also approved similar documents this week. When built, the 300-seat venue will occupy three historic buildings on Main Street, including the former Broadway Movie Theater. Construction costs are estimated at $12 million, with the theater expected to open in 2026. Under the lease agreement, CCU will use the theater for its drama and performing arts programs and will be responsible for operating costs. In return, CCU will have a minimum of 150 “use days” for plays and other performances. CCU also will book 100 days of third-party use, and the city itself will have 30 “use days.”