Do You Love Movies? Check Out The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Thru April 25

Its time for the 10th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival at Carmike Cinema 17 at Broadway at the Beach.

Sometimes called “The East Coast’s answer to the Sundance Film Festival,” the Festival has earned well-deserved praise over the years. It’s been the recipient of  numerous awards, including a spot on Movie Maker Magazine‘s list of  the “Top 25 Film Festivals To Submit To In The World.”

From April 22 through 25, short films, documentaries, comedies, horror films, and other genres will be lighting up the Carmike screens.

Tickets are $10 to attend scheduled blocks of films. But an all-access pass ($50) gets you four days of films, plus complimentary food and beverages on Friday and Saturday nights. And you won’t want to miss the awards ceremony, immediately after the last film is shown on Saturday.

The participating films — and many of the filmmakers — are from all over the world. Over the years, this event has grown to be a popular stop on the festival circuit for up and coming filmmakers, as well as seasoned professionals. Several of those creators will be on hand so that fans can learn more about them and their films during Q & A sessions.

Don’t miss the 10th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival at Carmike Cinema 17. It’s four days of movie magic at the beach!


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LACE UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE AND GREAT FUN AT RELAY FOR LIFE

Attention, walkers! Lace up your shoes and join the effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most significant fundraising event contributing to efforts to end cancer, and the Myrtle Beach event is one of many held around the world.

This year’s Relay includes an action-packed day of activities, offering a little something for everyone.

Walkers raising money sign up in teams, then take turns walking around a track throughout the time of the event. They set up camp at the track and use their camp as command central.  But, since individuals don’t have to stay with their team the entire time of the event, there’s plenty of opportunity to check out everything it has to offer including the food, games, entertainment and other activities that are part of the Relay day.

The festivities begin at Broadway at the Beach at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Located on the corner of Grissom Parkway and 21st Avenue North, the event will feature a variety of activities for kids of all ages. There will be a dunking booth, trackless train, and arcade games. Entertainment will include performances by Coastal Youth Ballet, Socastee High School, Silver Line Dancing, Shelley Sasser from Dino Capone’s School of Rock and more.

The fun goes on until midnight that night with more than 30 teams and more than 330 participants!

If you want to join a team as a walker, there’s still time to sign up and/or donate.


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Take Them Out To The Ball Game: Pelicans Stadium Is Next To Broadway

When was the last time you took the whole family to a professional baseball game? An evening of minor league baseball delivers great family fun, and it just happens to be one of the best entertainment bargains in Myrtle Beach. Tickets start as low as $9.

TicketReturn.com Stadium, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is right across 21st Avenue from Broadway at the Beach. The Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the much-beloved Chicago Cubs, and they’re looking to defend their Southern Division Championship Title.

The first batter up will approach home plate at 7:05 p.m. on April 9 when the Pelicans face the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Pelicans’ home opener. You’re likely to see some great play by future major league players  — nine Pelicans players this year are among the Cubs top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America. As the Pelicans enter their 17th season in Myrtle Beach, they have already sent 127 players up to the major leagues.

Grab some dinner at Broadway at the Beach, then take the family out to the ball game. You’ll never strike out with a game plan like that!


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Celebrate Easter at Broadway at the Beach

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail to Myrtle Beach.

Like many visitors and locals, our favorite floppy-eared rabbit is heading to Broadway at the Beach to celebrate Easter.

While in town, the big bunny’s itinerary calls for him to chomp down on some delicious food and visit with boys and girls at two outstanding locations on Saturday, April 4.

Ripley’s Aquarium will welcome kids of all ages to a morning of fun with the Easter Rabbit and Ripley’s own mascot, Sharkee, on April 4.  For $19.95, there’s a scrumptious breakfast buffet (with your choice of two seatings at 8 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.). There will be giveaways during the event and an opportunity to have your picture taken with Mr. Bunny! Reservations are required, so call 843-916-0888 ext. 3272.

If your family just loves to be edu-tained, head over to the upside down house known as WonderWorks on Saturday. Beginning at 8 a.m., Professor Wonder is hosting an egg hunt for kids ages 1 to 12. Will you be lucky enough to find the Wonder Egg or win a prize? Don’t miss the opportunity to get a discount on admission to this amusement park for the mind. The activities are free, but you’re asked to  register online .

Mr. Bunny’s arrival is a sure sign of Spring, and we’re celebrating all weekend with extended shopping hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 3, 4 and 5.

And, no celebration would be complete without a Fireworks Extravaganza. So join us at 9 p.m. on Saturday night and watch the sky light up!


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Do You Believe In Magic? Mystery? Mayhem?

Do you enjoy great illusions, performed with all the razzle dazzle of  beautiful costumes,  sensational sets and awesome special effects? Are you a fan of high-octane danger acts with lives in the balance? Do you get thrills witnessing feats of strength that hold the promise of both amazing and stunning you?

A new show in Myrtle Beach this season delivers all that and more. Beginning March 31, headliner Peter Gossamer will be amazing audiences with his special brand of magic, including an all-new line-up of never-before-seen illusions. The magician with the regular guy persona, Gossamer has built a reputation intriguing and entertaining audiences in places like Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Miami, Montreal, Tokyo and Guam.

Gossamer will be joined this year by alumni from the popular America’s Got Talent (AGT) show. Christian Stoinev, a fifth generation circus performer and extreme hand balancer, will be wowing audiences with  impressive feats of strength. His act includes his tiny dog, Scooby, who balances on and walks on Christian as, high in the air,  Christian precariously balances them both on his hands. Their act wowed the judges at AGT, while charming audiences.

AGT alumni the King BMX Team will also be bringing their danger-filled high-octane stunt act to Myrtle Beach. The acrobatic team, which  does extreme stunts with bikes, skates and skateboards, while flying around high-speed ramps,  delivered chills and thrills to the AGT audience and later at NBA and NFL half-time shows.

You can enjoy all this action in one big show, the 2015 Carnival of Magic at The Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach. Showtimes from March 31 through May 30 are Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Thursday shows in April (only) are at 2 p.m. From June 1 through August  29, there will be shows on Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m.


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Earth Day Arrives March 20 And So Does Spring

Do you celebrate Earth Day March 20 or April 22? Did you even know that Earth Day is actually recognized twice each year?

The April 22 Earth Day first occurred in 1970. It launched a political movement that eventually motivated Congress to pass the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

March 20 is the original (and our favorite) Earth Day because it’s a celebration of the vernal equinox which marks our first day of Spring! This Earth Day was first conceived in 1969 to remind us to be stewards of the environment. The United Nations got around to proclaiming the day of the vernal equinox as International Earth Day in 1971.

Broadway at the Beach invites you to celebrate Earth Day on March 20 when it arrives with Spring!

Throughout the winter months, we’ve been sprucing up in anticipation of  more guests arriving at Broadway at the Beach as the weather warms. We’ve also been thinking about ways to put you in a Springtime mood.

Of course, it’s easy to get in touch with the beauty of our environment just by stopping by Broadway. Stroll around our 23-acre Lake Broadway enjoying the gentle breeze off the water. Stop to watch the fish in the lake eagerly await the food you drop. Lunch on a sunny deck overlooking the lake as colorful ducks skim along the surface of the water, enjoying the Spring weather.

Then head over to Ripley’s Aquarium where you will discover exotic and beautiful sea creatures that inhabit our earth. Gliding along a 330 foot moving path through a clear tunnel, you’ll be just an arm’s length from the different kinds of sharks and exotic fish swimming overhead. Be amazed by the display of bright colors sported by the underwater sea life in the Indo-Reef. Marvel at the sight of the Pacific Giant Octopus, living corals and jellies. Reach out and touch the rays in Friendship Flats.

Educational and fun, Broadway and Ripley’s are great destinations for getting in touch with the creatures of our coastal area and beyond.

When Spring officially arrives this Friday, March 20 at 6:45 p.m., we’ll be waiting for you!


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5 Ways To Celebrate National Jewel Day

March 13 is National Jewel Day. It’s a little-known commemorative day that’s gaining in popularity each year. It’s treasured by jewelry lovers who like to put a spotlight on a sparkling world that covers everything from trinkets to precious stones.

How will you celebrate? Will you treat yourself? Or splurge on someone special?

Here are just 5 ways you can make the day a memorable one while strolling around Broadway at the Beach:

Surprise a special someone with a reminder of your lazy days together sipping pina coladas under a palm tree. Whether you’re a local or visiting Myrtle Beach, The Palm Tree Necklace at SC Jewelers is the perfect takeaway for the beach lover looking for a unique way to celebrate National Jewel Day.

Treat yourself to a European-inspired creation made from one of the world’s most precious metals. For thousands of years, silver has been one of the most treasured commodities. At A Silver Shack, you’ll find fashionable silver jewelry from around the world brought to Myrtle Beach by an owner who developed her eclectic taste in Copenhagen, Denmark. You’re bound to find something you love here because this place boasts the largest selection of silver jewelry in all of Myrtle Beach.

Discover a new setting for your birthstone. When was the last time you had jewelry featuring your birthstone? What memories do that birthstone ring, necklace or bracelet stir? Shops like Allure have a wide variety of fashionable jewelry. Stop in and you just may find a special birthstone.

Check out the newest designs in costume jewelry. A favorite outfit can feel new again with the right accessories. Innovative fashion jewelry and accessories at Bijuju are high quality and affordable.

Turn National Jewel Day into an outing that the littlest girl in your family will always remember. Take her to get her ears pierced. At Claire’s, The Ear Piercing Specialists, you can get her ears pierced for free when you purchase a starter kit. They’ll even give you a coupon to use towards that first pair of special studs.

National Jewel Day is a great time to get out and see what’s new for 2015. And, to get a piece of jewelry that will trigger memories of March at the beach forever.


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Longer Days Arrive March 8. It’s Daylight Saving Time!

Can’t wait for Spring and more hours of daylight? They’re right around the corner.

After the winter that most of America has been enduring, the coming of Spring is a real cause for celebration.

The first sign of Spring is Daylight Saving Time. It arrives Sunday, March 8 when we move our clocks ahead. Suddenly, the sun that set around 6:15 p.m. each night is setting at 7:15 p.m., and we’re reaping one more hour of daylight.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for those who love the outdoors! The days are not only longer, but growing warmer. There’s more time to take a stroll around Lake Broadway. The outdoor decks at restaurants begin filling with diners lounging in the sun. And families come to take on the challenge of miniature golf on the mountain top at Dragon’s Lair or the ropes course at Soar & Explore.

At Broadway at the Beach, we’re already celebrating Spring. We expanded our hours, starting March 2, opening daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. thru May 21. During Easter Weekend (April 3-5), we’ll keep our doors open even longer, until 10 p.m.

Come enjoy the longer days, the warm sun and all the fun of Broadway at the Beach in Spring.


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How To Have An A-Mazing Good Time With Mirrors And Lasers

Rarely — but sometimes — the weather turns chillier than normal in Myrtle Beach. That’s when parents look for indoor entertainment to get the kids out of the house and give them a chance to blow off some steam.

And when that time comes, there’s just one choice. Sure, there are several exciting, intriguing and fun indoor attractions in Myrtle Beach. But there is just one that is also chaotic and mind-bending.

No other place serves up the adrenaline rush found inside the Backstage Mirror Maze. Five seconds in and your family will discover how easy it is to become dazed, dazzled, confused and lost.

Imagine snaking through 2,000 square feet of continuous circles, regularly bumping into dead ends, and finding surprises each time a corner is turned. The confusion’s made worse by bright rainbow-colored lights that fill up the void, and the kids are soon tricked into going the wrong direction by their own reflection!

After you and the kids have worked your way through that chaos, a laser challenge awaits.

Fans of bank heist movies love the fantasy and challenge of “The Vault” laser maze. It’s a time-machine crime spree torn from the headlines of March 11, 1933 when the New York mafia’s Lucky Luciano and his gang attempted to rip off the Times Square Bank.

The kids can help the cops chase down the bad guys as they climb through an off-Broadway theater passageway leading into the bank. There’s dodging and weaving among the lasers as the chase goes through a maze of backstage corridors, props, trap doors and turns. With the clock ticking and suspense building, it’s a real challenge to artfully navigate through a web of security beams inside the vault.

This is the one place in town that will bend your mind and get your heart racing.


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Get In On The Oscar Excitement

It’s almost red carpet time — that special time of year when movies dominate the news, and excitement is in the air!

For true movie buffs, February means scrutinizing performances, analyzing story lines and debating which actor or director did the best job. For many, the impulse to see all of the movies nominated for “Best Film” approaches a fever pitch.

After all, how can you watch the 87th Academy Awards and judge the best of the best if you haven’t seen the nominees for yourself?

Luckily, half of the 8 nominees for best picture are currently playing at the Carmike Cinema—Broadway 17. American Sniper, Birdman, Selma and The Theory of Everything are all still available for viewing.

Catch a film that may be this year’s winner, and get in on the Oscar excitement!


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