MYRTLE BEACH — Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is headed into its 19th summer in Myrtle Beach with a spruced-up castle that includes new hardwood floors and seats, refurbished murals and even a restored drawbridge at the venue’s entrance.
The 1,257-seat theater, which launched a new show last summer, spent $1 million during the off season freshening up the 80,000-square-foot venue, which opened June 12, 1995 in Fantasy Harbour off U.S. 501.
“We want to keep the castle looking great, refresh the beauty of the property,” spokeswoman Jennifer Willard said.
The improvements ranged from the routine -- painting, new lighting and hardwood floors replacing tile and carpet -- to ones unique to the castle, including the restored drawbridge, new Knights of the Realm flags and new Medieval weapons displays.
The murals throughout the castle also were touched up by local artists, and one in the nightclub area that had been covered with wood paneling through previous renovations was uncovered and restored.
After the busy summer season, crews will overhaul the restrooms.
The theater expects another solid summer, fresh off the significant upticks last year with the introduction of the new show.
“We’ve maintained that momentum and enthusiasm,” Willard said.
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