Encounters: U.F.O. Experience Explores Extraterrestrial Reports as “Star Trek Into Darkness” Premiers and XCON Opens in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

More than 3,000 comic book and science fiction fans are expected to gather in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this weekend to attend the sixth-annual XCON World conference, just as one of the most-anticipated science fiction movies of the year, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiers. Those fans will also have the opportunity to explore a unique exhibition with more than 200 original and reproduction artifacts from UFO sightings and alien abductions at “Encounters: U.F.O. Experience” at Broadway at the Beach.

Encounters started a limited run in Myrtle Beach that will last through the Labor Day weekend, and then it heads off on a worldwide tour. The exhibition is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day, it will be open seven days a week, Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This extraordinary exhibition features seven galleries filled with original and replica artifacts. Displays include materials left by early man as supporting evidence of their alien encounters, and an exploration of military involvement with Roswell and Area 51. Visitors can view videos of UFO sightings from around the world, and listen to actual 9-1-1 calls made by people reporting sightings and alien abductions. A pop culture gallery even explores alien encounters in film. It features props from Men in Black and a full-size model of an alien from District 9, and kids are sure be delighted when they encounter a life-size E.T.

The first comprehensive look at reported alien interactions with the people of earth, this exhibition is a must-see for anyone visiting Myrtle Beach. Tickets can be reserved by calling 843-353-0046, and they are $ 14 for adults, $ 12 Students, and $ 10 for children (ages 4 – 12). Children under the age of three are free.

Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams’ continuation of the popular sci-fi franchise, will be showing in 3-D at Broadway at the Beach’s BigD Theatre, a state-of-the art digital venue with an immense screen and epic surround sound. Just a short walk from Encounters, the much-anticipated movie opens May 16, and is a perfect weekend complement to the real-life reports presented at Encounters and the comic book world of XCON.

The XCON VI conference gets underway at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Friday, May 17 and runs through Sunday, May 19. It will feature games, panel discussions, and special appearances by celebrities from The Walking Dead, Star Wars Episode IV, and Doctor Who. In addition, representatives from Encounters will be there to meet the crowd at a booth in aisle “D.” They’ll be accompanied by one of the exhibition’s alien figures who will be spinning an out-of-this-world prize wheel. Conference attendees who stop by the booth will be able to win special alien memorabilia and tickets to the exhibition.

Encounters and BigD are a five-minute walk from each other, while the Convention Center is less than a half mile away. This makes Myrtle Beach — a resort town with some of the best beaches in our world — a great place for those who want to get an up close and personal look at things that are out of this world.

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