New teen club in the heart of Myrtle Beach (Update: Set to open in February)

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Update 10/30/12: After a year of renovating the historic Rivoli Theater in downtown Myrtle Beach is set to open this February.

Chris Mowder of got a chance to catch up with Scott Payseur about the decade long dream of this club. Payseur, the executive director of Myrtle Beach’s Ground Zero teen ministry, says this has been a dream of his since he was in middle school. 

The theater will now feature a larger stage area, retail shop, coffee bar, and lounge and cafe areas. 

Make sure to hop on over to for their write-up that includes an intervew with Payseur and more details on Ground Zero's new home. 

Update 9/30/11: The renovation of the Rivoli Theatre is set to begin this Saturday, October 1st. 

The volunteer crew will begin the demolition of the outside of the theater at 8:00 a.m. The conversion and renovation will be done in stages as donations come in. For the full write-up on the renovation schedule head on over to

A brief history:

The Rivoli Theater was first opened June 19, 1958 and cost $400,066.00. The architect of the theater was Harold J. Riddle who served as the president of The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1966. 

The theater had a real taste for Hollywood when in 1967 it held the world premier of "Don't Make Waves" starring Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Terry Moore, David Draper and Sharon Tate.

Read more about the Rivoli Theater's histroy over at

First Report 6/16/11: A new club will open in heart of Myrtle Beach focused on teenage patrons. but this is not a new version of the Magic Attic.  This is a club for the Faithful. 

Ground Zero, a local youth ministry nonprofit who has had recent success with the Dragon Boat Race these past couple springs in Market Common has taken control of the old Rivoli Theatre in downtown Myrtle Beach. Just a stone's throw away from the former Pavilion lot and from the new Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Ground Zero will be leasing the property from the city for the next 20 years at only $1 a year and hopes to start renovation as soon as possible. 

Hop on over to SCnow to read more on Ground Zeros Teen Club plans, including how along with a theater the space will offer a coffee shop, office space and conference rooms. Also, check out their biggest local sponsor for the project so far at the tune of $50,000.


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