MYRLTE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Chapin Company, which owns the Palace Theatre, plans to demolish the building as soon as possible, according to Myrtle Beach City Attorney Tom Ellenburg.
A large piece of the theater's front facade was ripped off during Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, exposing the theater to the outside.
The city says that the demolition permits haven't been filed yet. The building may be discussed at a hearing on May 17, Myrtle Beach City Spokesman Mark Kruea said.
Matt Johnson is a manager at Mellow Mushroom, just across from the Palace theater. "When they had big shows around Christmas, it always brought in a lot of people. But lately it's been an eyesore, seeing that giant hole in it ever since Hurricane Matthew," said Johnson.
Kruea says that giant hole has left the building exposed, causing irreversable damage."It's too far gone to save literally so they are beginning that process. It needs an Asbestos survey, they'll need to find a demolition contractor as well so over the next couple of months that will occur," said Kruea. "It's been there about 20 years. it's something that people navigate by. of course the piece of land will still be there and I'm sure the owners will look for another outstanding use for the community."
"I would really like to see another theater of some sort. I mean it's been there so long, they brought a lot of shows here. I would like to see another one," said Johnson.