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Hunger Games Craze Has Roots in Asheville


Imagine seeing the majestic mountains surrounding Asheville on the big screen. This month's release of the major motion picture The Hunger Games will give audiences that chance.


Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games Filmed in WNC
Western North Carolina serves as the backdrop for the movie based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel of the same name. The movie was filmed last summer at locations surrounding Asheville, including the Coleman Boundary section of the Pisgah National Forest near Barnardsville.

Visit Asheville and Tour Movie Locations
In the same vein as other recent fantasy successes, such as the Harry Potter and Twilight films, The Hunger Games is becoming a craze that is sure to draw fans and cinema buffs to Asheville throughout the summer tourism season.

Provides Boost to Local Economy
The attention that Hunger Games is receiving is already boosting the local economy, with the North Carolina Film Commission quoting preliminary figures of 62 million dollars being brought into the area. Theater pre-sales of tickets are breaking box office records, with one midnight screening at an Asheville theater sold out nearly a month in advance of the premiere.

This isn't the area's fist taste of big business filmmaking "The Last of the Mohicans," "Dirty Dancing," and "Hannibal" were all filmed near Asheville but it just may prove to be the biggest attention-getter yet.

Let Our Concierge Service Help You Book Your Tour
Want to get in on The Hunger Games sensation? Visit the Asheville area and take a tour of the locations used in the movie. Our premier concierge services can help you set up your tour.