Revolutions Nightclub, a staple on Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, will close Nov. 7, co-owner Rick Barab said.
The club has been at Broadway almost since the popular tourist destination was built 20 years ago. Constantly named one of the best clubs in the area, Revolutions is known for its large lighted walls and loud thumping music spanning genres from classic rock to rap.
Barab referred all questions to his business partner Craig Smith, who could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. It’s unclear why the club decided to close.
Revolutions’ departure is the latest in a string of major changes at Broadway, which debuted 20 years ago and has become a major attraction for millions of tourists every year. Planet Hollywood shut down in September after 19 years in the globe-shaped building off 29th Avenue North; MagiQuest, which offered families a live-action role playing game, also closed in September at a decade in business; Carlos ‘n’ Charlie’s restaurant plans to close by the end of the month and Hard Rock Cafe said recently it was negotiating to relocate from its landmark pyramid to another spot in Broadway at the Beach.
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Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which owns Broadway, has been mum on all the changes. Spokeswoman Lei Gainer said Friday that she could not talk about whether there are any more potential moves in the works at Broadway.
“Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc. does not comment on contractual matters with its tenants,” Gainer said.
Since its opening in 1996, Revolutions became known as the place to go if you wanted to feel as if you’re back in the days of K-tel albums and elephant bellbottoms. It was the retro place to be in Myrtle Beach, when both floors of the spacious dance club were devoted to everything ’70s.
Lava lamps glowed in corners on the bar, and the walls were covered with posters for ’70s films such as “Grease’’ and “Star Wars’’ and of ’70s pop icons such as Farrah Fawcett. Video screens on the side of the dance floor played ’70s movies such as “Saturday Night Fever’’ or reruns of TV classics such as “Happy Days’’ and “Saturday Night Live.’’
Music at Revolutions was a constant stream of songs from the ’70s and ’80s, including everything from disco to funk.
The club would sometimes feature live acts performing disco and other retro music in its early years. Now, music from the 70s to modern hits thump through its speakers as party goers bounce to their favorite songs. Smoke machines coupled with lighting to match the beat set the tone for Revolutions as the two-story club featured a martini bar on the second floor and a balcony that allowed its patrons to oversee passersby through Celebrity Square, where a host of other clubs like Crocodile Rocks, Broadway Louie’s and Malibu’s are located.