Hollywood is Calling…Hollywood East That Is!

Affectionately referred to as “Hollywood East” by locals, Wilmington, N.C.’s Historic River District and Island Beaches boast a bounty of extraordinary experiences from the river to the sea. Since Hollywood first called in 1983, Wilmington and our island beaches have logged more than 400 film-related credits, including the largest production to date for the Wilmington area, Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 3" - 2013's highest grossing film!

Last year was a banner year for movies made in Wilmington and its Island Beaches with “Iron Man 3,” “We're the Millers” and “The Conjuring”. 2014 is proving to be another great year for Wilmington production with the box office success of Melissa McCarthy’s made-in-Wilmington comedy  “Tammy” and strong ratings for CBS’s “Under the Dome” and Fox's "Sleepy Hollow".

Other recent projects include: Mattel’s highly anticipated action/adventure film “Max Steel” (starring Maria Bello, Mike Doyle, Andy Garcia) and North Carolina native Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel-turned-screenplay "The Longest Ride", both slated for a 2015 release. ABC’s new series “Secrets and Lies” will premier later this fall.  Current productions include: FOX TV’s “Sleepy Hollow” (Season 2), “The Choice” (another Nicholas Sparks film!) and indie films “Bolden!”, “Yellow Footprints” and “Return to Salem’s Cove.”

We just love seeing Wilmington and our beaches on the silver screen!

Here are some reasons to look forward to Fall 2014:

  • NEW! Sleepy Hollow Location/FAQ Sheet. Click the Self-Guided Tours & Locations (the headless horseman!) icon below for this and two other popular TV shows filmed locally.
  • 20th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival, a 4-day celebration of independent film Nov. 12-16: www.cucalorus.org

Filmmakers and visitors favor the mild climate, island beaches, varied landscapes and architecture, and historic town along the Cape Fear River. Pulsing with an independent spirit, charm and energy, come see where the water takes you and find out why Hollywood lights are drawn to Wilmington. AND check out this “Entertainment Weekly” piece for the scoop on how to experience Hollywood East in "Wilmington, N.C.: Small City Behind Big TV Shows". Even "Sleepy Hollow" stars Tom Mison and Orlando Jones  show us some love in this PSA they did for North Carolina Historic Sites.

The scene is set for film locations and vacations from riverfront to oceanfront in Wilmington, N.C. and our Island Beaches.