The IMAX Theatre at Broadway at the Beach, which shut down in November, won’t reopen, but a new business will be moving into the former theater in time for the summer season, officials said.
Officials with the theater and Broadway owner Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc. won’t say what will occupy the former IMAX space on the 21st Avenue North side of Broadway at the Beach, but said an announcement would be coming soon. The business will be operating for the summer season, said Patrick Walsh, B&C’s senior vice president of asset management and commercial leasing. He declined to give more details.
“We are talking to prospective operators about that,” he said.
The city of Myrtle Beach hasn’t issued any renovation permits for the former IMAX space or a business license for that space, city spokesman Mark Kruea said.
When IMAX shut down in November, officials said it would undergo a renovation and reopen in the spring. But the Broadway location was removed from the theater chain’s website months ago and season ticket holders were issued refunds.
IMAX decided to leave the shopping and entertainment complex, Walsh said. IMAX, which is known for showing flicks on screens several stories high, was located just feet away from the other movie theater at Broadway.
“It was tough to compete with Carmike Cinemas,” Walsh said.
Movie-goers still wanting to catch a flick at IMAX will have to travel outside the Grand Strand, with the closest one at the Citadel Mall in Charleston and another one in the works for Wilmington, N.C., set to open next month.
IMAX operates more than 600 theaters in 52 countries.
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