The new wax museum attraction in Myrtle Beach — which is taking over the building in front of NASCAR Speedpark near Broadway at the Beach — is making progress toward opening later this year.
Crews have been busy in recent weeks hoisting steel and renovating a 26,000-square-foot building that will become the Hollywood Wax Museum – with a distinguishing exterior complete with an oversized awards statue resembling an Oscar and a King Kong dubbed “Great Ape of Myrtle Beach” flanking skyscrapers.
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“You are not going to be able to recognize that corner when it’s done,” said Tej Sundher, a partner in the family-run business that builds and operates the Hollywood Wax Museums.
The unique design, at the corner of U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North, will join other eye-catching buildings in a hub of Myrtle Beach tourism, including the globe of Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe’s pyramid and a seemingly upside-down building that is home to WonderWorks.
“This seems to fit right in,” Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea said. “It will be a unique addition to the landscape. We are a fun destination, having a fun attraction seems fitting.”
The wax museum, which replaces the NASCAR Cafe that closed more than six years ago, is on track to open in early summer and will feature between 80 and 100 wax figures of movie stars, athletes and other celebrities.
Though officials are being tight-lipped on which star figures will be displayed in the Myrtle Beach venue until the big premiere, one celebrity figure has been confirmed — the classic John Wayne.
In addition to the wax museum itself, the building will house two smaller attractions and have interactive features that aren’t available at the other three Hollywood Wax Museums located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Hollywood and Branson, Mo.
“Wax figures will include a mix of classic and current film, TV and music stars,” said Aileen Stein, a spokeswoman for Hollywood Wax Museum. “We are working on brand new interactive opportunities that will be exclusive to the Myrtle Beach facility.”