Saturday, March 25, 2006

Myrtle Beach Nights

The Myrtle Beach Pavilion closes after this vacation season and will be torn down for condos or a hotel or upscale shops. It was an oceanfront mecca for little kids for 58 years. Here are a few old postcards of the place along with a snapshot of the old Mystic Swami fortune teller both. The roller coaster postcards are of the old Wild Mouse ride. The fortune teller photo comes from this website, which offers a wealth of information about old arcade games.


At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Wes said...

What a shame. Thats what Myrtle Beach needs,more condos to block out the sun.

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

Another piece of many childhood memories gone. Recent news in amusement business seems to lean towards an upscale mall to be built on the site. Will Neiman Marcus really flourish in a block of low budget hotels and medium income families looking for a good vacation value, I doubt it.

At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to see this happen. The very day I read your column a friend and I had talked about Myrtle Beach that day. I had said I recently had been to Virginia Beach and how there wasn't much to do there except for the beach. That at least Myrtle Beach had the amusement park and all the putt-putt places. I can't believe after all these years they will tear the park down for more shops or motel room. This was the place to hang out in the evenings. Most kids do not like to shop.

At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Myrtle Beach has been a part of my life for 48 years ~ and the Pavilion holds so many memories! My family had made the pilgrimage from Buffalo, NY to Myrtle Beach yearly, starting with my Uncle being stationed at the Air Force base in Charleston. Since then, I've raised my own family and made many more of the same pilgrimages. We've even purchased real estate in the area. I relish the times spent there, and I've taught my family to "appreciate" what Myrtle Beach and its surrounding lowcountry have to offer. Sometimes "progress" just doesn't make sense ~ not when it will surely rob future generations of experiencing what "true magic" the Pavilion and its amusement park can perform!

At 11:23 PM, Blogger vaughn said...

Memories, memories. The very best, of course, were the happy vacations spent there for more than 40 years with family. The Pavilion holds two particularly fond memories. On the south outdoor area there were three high divers who performed twice a day, once about 2 PM and again about 8 PM. Seems as if the two younger members (probably in their early 20s) were named Cook. What made it so memorable was the fact they climbed a ladder that seemed to reach the sky and then dived into a pool that couldn't have been more than 10-12'in diameter and maybe 6-8' deep. Obviously they never missed; the pool, that is. The really standout memory was my chance to interview and photograph the famous Flying Wallenda's in their upstair dressing room as they got ready for their show. Karl, the patriarch, would die the following year in a fall in Puerto Rico as he attempted to walk the wire strung between two high rise buildings. The wind suddenly caused him to loose his balance and he couldn't recover.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Beachfun said...

I am among the group of sad people to read about the tragedy of South Carolina losing this Myrtle Beach historic entertainment landmark.

My hometown is Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I have performed with bands at Atlantic Beach (NC), St. Petersburg Beach (FL), and also at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion.

I have written and recorded three songs that mention Myrtle Beach within the lyrics. I am the copyright owner and publisher (Sand and Palms Music [BMI] of these songs.

These MP3 audio files are encoded at 320 Kbps.

Two of the songs are also at:

DJs may download them. They will need a free Username and Password if they haven't previously signed up for one.

I plan to make it to Myrtle Beach this spring or summer to introduce the songs in person and to visit the Pavilion for one last time.

Jimmie Vestal
Pinellas Park, Florida

My first Podcast:


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