New safe place for teens gears up for opening night - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

New safe place for teens gears up for opening night


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A staple of Myrtle Beach is being reborn. The Old Rivoli Theatre has sat still and unoccupied for years, but Saturday we will see it re-open, as Ground Zero, hopefully bringing new life to downtown Myrtle Beach.

Its taken about three years to set the stage at the Old Rivoli Theatre. Years of hard work, along with donations of time and money totaling $1.9 million, literally working from the ground up, built Ground Zero. Organizers say it's more than just a theatre, it's a safe place for your kids to hang out.

“It's really just a safe place where kids can come and be entertained and hang out and not have to worry about any kind of violence or getting into trouble,” said Ground Zero Development Director Sara Horner.

Run by and named after Christian youth ministry group, Ground Zero, it's a place open to everyone, no matter their belief.

Promising to set the stage as a safe place for teens, it also features a coffee shop, brewing cups for everyone, a game room cafe, and new a home for the community events.

Saturday night, opening night, is the first of many Saturday evenings known as "the Ground Zero Experience." It will feature concerts, with national bands, comedians, illusionists, skateboarders and more.

To keep kids out of trouble there will be a uniformed police officer on site and trained security volunteers. Fourteen cameras have been installed to ensure security inside and outside the walls of the venue, there will even be people to escort teens safely to their cars. Parents see this as a step in the right direction for Myrtle Beach.

"We as parents can do everything possible at home, but they are going to become independent human beings and they're gonna become part of the community so we have to build things in the community to help shape them,” said parent Sue Veer.

Think of it as a place for all. Businesses can rent out space for meetings, you can come grab a cup of joe, it can even be a place to hold events like weddings.

"We want it to be a place that teenagers in the community are excited to come to, and that their parents are excited to have them come to,” said Horner. “A place that everybody in the community sees as a place that's worth being at."

Opening night starts Saturday at 6:00 p.m., featuring bands Fireflight and Royal Tailor. The 700 tickets for the event are nearly sold out.  

For more information about the venue: http://www.mygroundzero.com/venue 

For information on volunteering opportunities: http://www.mygroundzero.com/volunteer

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Georgetown County Schools closed indefinitely in anticipation of floods

    Georgetown County Schools closed indefinitely in anticipation of floods

    Saturday, September 22 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-09-22 22:42:46 GMT
    (Source: Georgetown School District Facebook)(Source: Georgetown School District Facebook)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Georgetown County Schools will remained closed Monday, September 24 in anticipation of floods due to Hurricane Florence.  Due to local evacuation notices and preparations for the impending flood event resulting from Hurricane Florence, Georgetown County School District will be closed Monday, September 24 and thereafter until further notice.  Some schools will be used for public shelters, housing for first responders and as disaster rec...

    More >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Georgetown County Schools will remained closed Monday, September 24 in anticipation of floods due to Hurricane Florence.  Due to local evacuation notices and preparations for the impending flood event resulting from Hurricane Florence, Georgetown County School District will be closed Monday, September 24 and thereafter until further notice.  Some schools will be used for public shelters, housing for first responders and as disaster rec...

    More >>
  • Citing flooding risks, HCS extends closures following Hurricane Florence

    Citing flooding risks, HCS extends closures following Hurricane Florence

    Saturday, September 22 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-09-22 22:28:42 GMT
    (Source: Horry County Schools)(Source: Horry County Schools)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) —  Horry County Schools announced Saturday that the system will remained closed through the end of next week.  We are all eager to get our students back into the classroom and learning; however, after reviewing available data concerning river levels, flooded areas, flooding time tables, and road closures, we have concluded that, unfortunately, the most sensible course of action we can take is to close schools for next week, September 24-28, 201...

    More >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) —  Horry County Schools announced Saturday that the system will remained closed through the end of next week.  We are all eager to get our students back into the classroom and learning; however, after reviewing available data concerning river levels, flooded areas, flooding time tables, and road closures, we have concluded that, unfortunately, the most sensible course of action we can take is to close schools for next week, September 24-28, 201...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: Waccamaw and ICWW rising rapidly, Pee Dee rivers slowly receding

    FIRST ALERT: Waccamaw and ICWW rising rapidly, Pee Dee rivers slowly receding

    Saturday, September 22 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-09-22 22:02:19 GMT
    Waccamaw River update as of Saturday eveningWaccamaw River update as of Saturday evening

    Water levels will continue to rise to historic levels on area rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway.

    More >>

    Water levels will continue to rise to historic levels on area rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly