The Great Ape of Myrtle Beach climbs Hollywood Wax Museum

In preparation for the opening of the latest Myrtle Beach attraction in June, a giant King Kong-like ape climbed the new Hollywood Wax Museum yesterday.

Though the 35-foot-tall monster gorilla, dubbed “The Great Ape of Myrtle Beach” is only ornamental and not an actual threat to damsels in distress throughout the area, the intimidating best took multiple cranes to carry and hoist it up and attach it to the side of the building.

When it’s complete — officials have yet to announce an opening date — the attraction’s exterior will be a testament to all things Hollywood, including the great ape as well as an over-sized award statue resembling an Oscar.

Work on the wax museum has been transforming the 26,000-square-foot building at the corner of U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North formerly occupied by the NASCAR Cafe all offseason long.

“It gives Myrtle Beach its own landmark,” said Aileen Stein, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Wax Museum. “It’s very eye-catching.”

See more photos and read more about the latest milestone in the attraction’s construction in a story by The Sun News’ Dawn Bryant or learn why the city nixed an even grander plan for the building’s design here.

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