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Planet Hollywood, 2915 Hollywood Drive (Myrtle Beach): 7 September 2015   4 comments

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Planet Hollywood in Myrtle Beach was always an interesting building to drive by. I thought it looked a bit like an elephant "hoovering up" (as our Brit friends might say) customers from the parking lot through that trunk-like canopy and into the elephant's head. There also seem to be some scary teeth involved.

In the event, though I drove by many times, I only ate at Planet Hollywood once. I'm guessing it was back in the 90s, and I had an unobjectionable, but completely unexceptional hamburger. I have heard in recent years rumors that the place was in financial trouble, and I can only guess that people wised up to the fact that a burger's proximity to Bruce Willis's tennis shoes or whatever does not make it worth $15 -- the place limped through the 2015 Labor Day weekend and threw in the towel on the following Tuesday.

The night pictures above were taken on 3 May 2012, while the post-closing pictures below are from 3 October 2015, a gray day coming just before the bottom dropped out on 4 October (though it was not anywhere near as bad on the Waccamaw Neck as in Columbia). I find it interesting that while they did not spend a lot of effort destroying the celebrity handprints around the building, they *did* spend considerable time defacing the nameplates that would have told whose hands they were. (Though they did miss a few).

(Hat tip to my sister)

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4 Responses to 'Planet Hollywood, 2915 Hollywood Drive (Myrtle Beach): 7 September 2015'

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  1. If you'd said the place had been closed since 2010, I'd believe you. It looks a lot rougher than just three months out of business should account for.

    PH is really just a museum and you eat there because you're hungry from walking around looking at everything. I always though it was odd that it struggled so badly while Hard Rock, which is pretty much an identical "famous people's stuff and overpriced food" business model, is seemingly doing so well. Maybe getting into the casino business is what saved Hard Rock.

    Jason

    23 Nov 15 at 4:18 pm

  2. I do not care for Myrtle Beach any more.
    One would need to pay me to go there.
    Minimum $1000.00 just to stay there a couple of nights.
    Hate it.

    Rick

    24 Nov 15 at 5:54 pm

  3. The lat time I went to Myrtle/Surfside was for a friend's wedding. On the way there I passed a septic tank pumper that had turned over in the ditch. That was the high point of the trip. Yeah - I hate Myrtle Beach. Folly is no better either.

    Homer

    25 Nov 15 at 12:38 am

  4. You know, the entrance reminds me of the old Robert Raiford armageddon story from John Boy & Billy years ago. If, by chance, you are not familiar with it here it is.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTrOb8zyrZk

    Homer

    25 Nov 15 at 12:46 am

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