May the force be with Myrtle Beach.
Ripley’s Myrtle Beach announced Monday that memorabilia from some of Hollywood’s most iconic movies — including Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” — will be on display in events taking place at its two locations, with the first beginning Wednesday.
In an event dubbed Rip-bellion the lightsaber will be on display at Ripley’s Aquarium in Broadway at the Beach through May 1. Made from a 1930s Graflex camera flash gun, the lightsaber is from the archives of producer Gary Kurtz and was acquired by Ripley Entertainment in 2017.
The lightsaber — and other relics such as Harrison Ford’s trademark whip from “Indiana Jones” and the “Last Crusade,” and Marty McFly’s hoverboard from “Back to the Future Part II” — will be on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Myrtle Beach on Ocean Boulevard from May 2-10 in the newly-renovated rotunda area.
As part of the festivities, Ripley’s Aquarium will host a Party in the Plaza event from noon to 2 p.m. May 1. The event will feature themed foods, a DJ, a costume contest and opportunities for guests to take photos of the lightsaber display. That night, Ripley’s Aquarium will host a Dive-In movie event in which it will show “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The nightcap will also include costumed characters from the movies who will be available for autographs courtesy of 501st Legion Carolina Garrison. The gates open at 6 p.m. and tickets — which include anytime admission to the aquarium — are $12.99 – $24.99 for children and $36.99 for adults.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach.