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 is known around Tinseltown as a perfect backdrop to film a masterpiece. Film and television enthusiasts have the opportunity to get a glimpse of "Wilmywood" with a Hollywood Location Walk tour of movie and television locations. Make a plan to attend one of the annual film festivals or follow our self-guided tour of the Top Wilmington Film and TV Locations to see where more than 400 film-related credits have been logged since filming first began here in 1983. The most recent film to be set and produced in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach is "The Choice", an adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks, out in theatres now!
The scene is set for film locations and vacations from riverfront to oceanfront. 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 for yourself why Wilmington beckons Hollywood lights.
Keep up with films and shows that were filmed in Hollywood East and are now playing on a screen near you, and what is currently in production around town in this roundup.
Also, 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".
Top Film, TV & Festival Experiences
Are you a movie buff or is television more your style? Maybe you like both! Make your way to all the spots made famous in feature films and hit TV series in this printable comprehensive guide to Famous Film & TV Locations.
Explore the settings of films shot in Wilmington and our island beaches such as Marvel Studio's "Iron Man," "Safe Haven," "East Bound & Down," and more in this guided tour.
Celebrate the spirit and artistry of independent film while rubbing elbows with up-and-coming talent at one of these film festivals that take place throughout the year.
Get the latest scoop on everything happening in Wilmington's filmmaking scene from this local Wilmywood blog.