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Chimney Rock Offers Fans New Way To Watch “The Hunger Games”

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“The Hunger Games” is the trilogy’s first award-winning movie and was filmed entirely in Western N.C., with the primary film locations in the areas of DuPont State Forest, Shelby and Charlotte. “The Hunger Games” is the trilogy’s first award-winning movie and was filmed entirely in Western N.C., with the primary film locations in the areas of DuPont State Forest, Shelby and Charlotte.
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. -

Hollywood may be closer than you think.

Several big name movies have been filmed in your backyard, such as “Dirty Dancing,” “Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunger Games.”

“And people still come to the area just to see where the film [“Dirty Dancing”] was shot, stay at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn where the cast and crew stayed,” said Michelle Yelton with Rutherford County Tourism.

Yelton recognized the significance of "Dirty Dancing" on the local economy, and four years ago she helped create a weekend-long festival around the movie which brings in thousands of people to the Town of Lake Lure.

Since that movie wrapped up production in the 1980s, more than 800 movies and TV shows have been filmed across North Carolina.

The state offers tax credits to production companies.

According to the N.C. Film Office, those companies employ about 4,000 people, and had an economic impact of $376 million last year.

“Even 21 years later, we have people coming from around the world to Chimney Rock State Park to see where that movie [“Last of the Mohicans”] was filmed,” says Matt Poposwki.

Crews took advantage of the natural scenery for the 1992 film "Last of the Mohicans." And the park has used that claim to fame to attract new visitors ever since.

But now, Chimney Rock is finding that it can use other locally-shot movies to boost park numbers.

Fans of "The Hunger Games" can watch the film Saturday night on a 35-foot screen framed by Chimney Rock’s towering cliffs.

Part of the movie was shot at neighboring DuPont State Forest.

Popowski says “The Hunger Games” has been a big draw for WNC over the past year.

And while the state's film incentives have been a big draw for production companies, the program will end Jan. 1, 2015.

Here’s what you need to know for “The Hunger Games” screening at Chimney Rock State Park:

Movie fans can experience a part of The Hunger Games by shooting a bow with Archery Tag™ foam tipped arrows, dressing up in costume with film props and taking their photos with likenesses of their favorite characters starting at 3 p.m.

After archery, learn about 10 essential survival skills taught by Chimney Rock State Park Rangers starting at 6 p.m.

Guests with paid admission arriving before the Ticket Plaza closes at 5:30 p.m. are welcome to stay in the park to enjoy the movie at no additional cost.

The gate will reopen at 7 p.m. for movie goers, and parking capacity is limited to the first 250 cars.

Event parking for the 8-10:30 p.m. movie is $12 per car or $8 per car for Annual Passholders.

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