North Carolina's Division of Tourism is working to capitalize on the success of “The Hunger Games” after the movie was shot in the state. It has put out a four-day itinerary of places people can go to experience the film, including Shelby and uptown Charlotte.
“We have already seen an influx of people who have been outside the theater having their pictures taken,” said Douglas Young, the vice president of programming at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Scenes of the movie were shot in the Knight Theater.
The Division of Tourism is trying to capitalize on that interest by posting a four-day itinerary of places to go to experience the movie. It includes places like Amelie's French bakery, where the stars hung out, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which it says offers a parallel experience to hovercrafts in the movie, and the Knight Theater.
“We've gotten a lot of requests from parents who want to bring their kids in to see the location," Young said.
Young said it’s too soon to know if that excitement will translate to more ticket sales. But he expects it will bring more people to the arts campus and already, the theater is becoming a popular location for events.
"We are seeing is a big spike in the interest in the venue," Young said.
The North Carolina Division of Tourism said its "Hunger Games" webpage got 20,000 hits the first week it was up, that "Hunger Games" is the most searched item on its website this month and that the itinerary is the most downloaded item.
At first, Amelie's made headlines because stars of the film were spotted there, but even the bakery was surprised to see its food on the big screen.
"We've seen a lot of people coming in asking for the food they saw in the film," said Lexi St. Laurent.
Amelie's said it has seen a boost in business since the film, both at its North Davidson Street location and its uptown shop, and that its main source of advertising, the web, has seen a lot of hits.
"Our Facebook page and Twitter page have been buzzing since the movie," St. Laurent said.
The North Carolina Division of Tourism said 25 years later, “Dirty Dancing” is still bringing fans to Lake Lure, N.C., where parts of it were shot.