Enjoy a Tasty Charlotte-Area Film and Food Tour

More than 800 productions have shot in North Carolina since 1980, a handful of which have found the dynamic Charlotte region – known for its arts, nightlife, sports and shopping – and the surrounding areas ideal for filming.

From an award-winning TV series to a Will Ferrell comedy, Charlotte’s film sites and food options are the perfect pair to team up and be the star of your trip.

Homeland

Freedom Park

Homeland

Though the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning drama takes place in Washington, D.C., Homeland shot its first three seasons all around the Charlotte area and its suburbs. Explore Freedom Park, SouthPark Mall, Queens University, and the Dilworth and Plaza Midwood neighborhoods, all of which were appealing filming locations to producers. In addition to visiting these sites, you can grab a bite to eat at restaurants such as Good Food on Montford and 5Church that drew in stars Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) and Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody).

 

Shallow Hal

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Uptown Charlotte

Shallow Hal

Like Homeland, this 2001 romantic comedy starring Jack Black (Hal) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Rosemary) also filmed in Freedom Park. Beyond that, a handful of other locations around Uptown Charlotte appeared in the film, including the Bank of America Corporate Center (the building where Hal worked), St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Capital Grille and the historic Latta Arcade (snag a slice at Pie in the Sky for a weekday lunch), all of which are a leisurely walk to and from one another, perfect for an urban afternoon honoring the film.

 

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Charlotte Motor Speedway – which was known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway at the time of filming – plays a vital role in this quotable Will Ferrell comedy. Many of the racing scenes, including the amusing “invisible fire” scene, were filmed there. Plus, Lake Norman, the large manmade lake just north of Charlotte, was the location of Ricky Bobby’s mansion where he said grace in a colorful way in front of a table full of fast food. Want a local option better than fast food? Hello, Sailor in Cornelius with its airy feel, pastel colors and hushpuppies should be near the top of your list.

 

The Hunger Games

The NoDa neighborhood

The Hunger Games

The Road to Panem starts in the Asheville and Charlotte regions, where the first movie based on the bestselling book trilogy was filmed. Though the Knight Theater and Charlotte Convention Center – both of which were filming locations – might not be open for everyday access, if you’re anything like the actors, you’ll be drawn to the lively NoDa neighborhood. Follow their example with dinner at Cabo Fish Taco or Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen, and top off the night at Amélie’s French Bakery (best known for its salted caramel brownie), where Woody Harrelson joined regulars for a round of chess.

 

Max

Crowders Mountain

Max

Charlotte itself maintains a low profile in this family action movie, but one of the most memorable pieces of scenery in Max comes from the 35-acre Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton, where filmmakers set up a temporary bike park. From there, continue on to Crowders Mountain in Kings Landing, where you can hike the 1.8-mile Tower Trail that also appeared in the film. After that, you’ve earned yourself a drink. Make your way down Veronet Vineyard & Winery’s long and winding road, order a glass of carefully crafted wine and take in the view of the mountain you just hiked.

 

American Animals

Davidson College

American Animals

The 2018 true-crime drama American Animals uses the Charlotte skyline to represent Lexington, Kentucky, but anyone who’s visited the Queen City can recognize the Bank of America Corporate Center and Duke Energy Center right away. And the Chambers Building at Davidson College – half an hour north of Charlotte – proved to be the perfect building for the film’s important heist scenes since the steps and columns resembled the real library where the heist took place. After you stroll through the gorgeous campus, walk across the street to Kindred, a highly regarded and award-winning restaurant, and dive into its famous milk bread.

 

For a full listing of films shot in our state since 1950, visit filmnc.com.

Updated November 25, 2019
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