Film in Southport

Picturesque views of the waterfront, charming historic architecture, massive live oaks, quaint boutiques and restaurants, and a historic downtown live with activity… the scenic town of Southport could be described as picture perfect! Recently recognized by USA Today as one of the top 10 Best Coastal Small Towns in the United States, it’s no wonder vacationers and locals alike are drawn to the area. The scenic views in Southport have caught the eye of the film industry as well!

North Carolina is a popular spot for filming, with 30 sound stages and seven major studio complexes in the state. Screen Gems Studios, located nearby in Wilmington, NC has produced over 400 cinematic, television and commercial productions, and has been around for 25 years. The location of several of these productions have been in Southport. Some of the most well-known include Dawson’s Creek, The Secret Life of Bees, Weekend at Bernie’s, Crimes of the Heart, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. American novelist, screenwriter, producer, and NY Times best seller, Nicholas Sparks recognizes the beauty and charm of Southport as well. A Walk to Remember and Safe Haven were both filmed in Southport. In these films you can recognize locations such as the Old Yacht Basin, Franklin Square Park, Old Smithville Burying Grounds and The Cape Fear River. 

A map is provided by The City of Southport with various shooting locations of cinematic productions around the town. Venture out on a self-guided tour and visit scenes from your favorite movies and shows. The tour is easily walkable and a great way to explore the area! If you would like to call this charming and scenic town of Southport home, contact us  to learn more about the opportunities at The Home Place of Southport at 833-939-3814.