Dozens of people show up in support of performing arts center in MB
Published: Jul. 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM EDT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Following a request by Myrtle Beach City Council for input on a proposed performing arts center, dozens of people showed up to voice both support and concerns for the project.
"The performing arts center would be a great place, it would serve both this community and the children." said Veronica Walker, one of several people who spoke up during Monday's public forum.
But not everyone agrees.
Ann Marie Gerdes, 12-year Myrtle Beach resident, thinks a performing arts center would be a waste of money. Gerdes says, "I don't go to many of the shows and do we need another venue...I doubt it," backing the belief that in tight times, many residents want to hold to as much money as possible.
City Council members like Susan Grissom Means, want to hear from people about how to pay for it because it is estimated the new facility could cost between $7 to $10 million to build. Means says, "What do the residents of Myrtle Beach want? If there are enough out there, if the majority want this and they come out and vote for it, then that gives us guidance."
Means is already getting support from businesses like Legends in Concert who would be competing for acts, shows and people's money. Jason Aiesi, General Manager of Legends, says, "I think overall it would be good for the community offering a different palate of entertainment. Even though the economy is tough, people like to have different options."
City leaders believe the new building would connect with the Myrtle Beach Convention Center which some say would be a golden ticket of success. The new center would offer an 800 plus theatre, black box performance space, dressing rooms, concessions area and box office. It would also be outfitted so the convention center could rent it out for business conferences. Council members want to know if there is enough interest in the idea before they add the topic to the ballot.
Learn more about the purposed venue and voice your opinion on whether Myrtle Beach needs such an attraction by visiting myrtlebeachperformingartscenter.com.
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