If you love the movies, but can’t make it out to California, experience the silver screen in Wilmington!
While in Southport or Wilmington, a strange sensation may come over you. “Have I been here before,” you may ask yourself. It could be that you have been there, but not in the way you think. Maybe you have been in these places through your favorite movies or TV shows. Tons of films, TV shows, commercials and music videos have been filmed in this area. Because of this the region is now knows as “Hollywood East.”
Famous films that have been filmed here include A Walk to Remember, 28 Days, Empire Records, The Secret Life of Bees and more recently, Iron Man 3 and The Conjuring. TV shows include One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek and now Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and ABC’s Secrets and Lies.
See the Stars
If it’s celebrity sightings you want, you’re in luck! Several celebrities were born in Wilmington, and the phenomenal Michael Jordan owns a home here. There are also a handful of celebrities who call the sunny shores of Wilmington home while shooting their shows.
See the Sets
The main reason for Wilmington’s “Hollywood East” status is EUE Screen Gems Studios, one of the largest full-service, motion picture facilities outside of California. They have over 20,000 square feet and nine sound stages. Tours will give you glimpses into what is currently being filmed, and will give insight into the film-making process. These walking tours are open to the public at only certain times. Check the WEBSITE for more information.
Dawson’s Creek has had a resurgence in popularity because of livestreaming online. Hook, Line and Paddle offers kayak tours to the house that served as the title character’s home. You’ll also get interesting facts about the area and local history.
If you want to see the real locations used in these famous shows, the Hollywood Walk gives guided tours that are entertaining and informative and a must-do for movie buffs. They can even give you secrets celebrities favorite Wilmington hang outs.
If you’re vacationing in Wilmington, exploring their cinematic history is a must! Check out these businesses to get the lowdown on how to make the movies apart of your Brunswick Islands vacation.
Experience Hollywood East:
EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC
1223 23rd Street North
Wilmington, NC 28405
8 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
435 Eastwood Road
Wilmington, NC 28403