MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - First it was a movie theatre, then a night club, children's theatre and music venue, soon it will be a safe spot where your kids can hang out.
On the outside you probably recognize the well-known Rivoli Theatre, but with one step through the door, you can see big changes are underway.
Ground Zero, has been brewing up changes in the old Rivoli Theatre for three years. Those changes are finally coming to life. You can already see a coffee shop soon to be open for your daily cup of joe, also a 1950s theme cafe, gaming areas, and a performance space to host nationally recognized acts, all setting the stage for a safe place for our kids. To assure safety from outside to inside, it will have14 security cameras and staff on-site.
"We wanted to create a safe place for teenagers to hang out, now we're a Christian organization but the goal is not necessarily to have a church service on Saturday night its really just positive entertainment, a safe place for them to come and hang out," said Ground Zero President Scott Paysuer.
Christian youth ministry group, Ground Zero, leases the building from the City of Myrtle Beach, for one dollar a year. Ground Zero came up with the concept but says it was a community effort; between construction and furnishings, a more than $1.6 million project, all funded by community donations of time and materials.
It's come a long way from the original movie theatre in 1958, and Ground Zero is expecting a bright future.
"It ended up being a lot bigger than we anticipated, took us longer than we had anticipated but we decided once we were in here doing this type of stuff that we needed to go ahead and do it and do it right," said Paysuer.
The opening date is set for October 18th. Performance acts from bands and comedians are to be announced August 4th, with the launch of the group's new website and tickets will go on sale for the Saturday night events, expected to cost about $10.